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Rachel Joyce - Author

About the Author

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her work has been translated into thirty-six languages. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl..

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Featured books by Rachel Joyce

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/11/2016

A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit. The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage. Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth...The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing? A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it. I'll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas. Trees: As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground ...Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.

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A Snow Garden and Other Stories

A Snow Garden and Other Stories

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/11/2015

The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage. Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth...The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing? A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it. I'll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas. Trees: As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground...Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.

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Perfect

Perfect

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?

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Other books by Rachel Joyce

Das Geheimnis der Queenie Hennessy

Das Geheimnis der Queenie Hennessy

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 07/10/2014

WENN DU NICHT MEHR VIEL ZEIT HAST, IST ES ZEIT FUR DIE GANZE WAHRHEITDie Fortsetzung des Bestsellers Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold FryQueenie ist die Frau, die ruckwarts singen kann. Harold ist der Mann, der allein mit seinem Schatten im Schnee tanzt. Queenie und Harold sind erst Kollegen, dann Freunde, dann ... geschieht ein schreckliches Ungluck, und Queenie geht fur immer. Als Harold viele Jahre spater ihren Abschiedsbrief erhalt, macht er sich auf den Weg zu ihr. Und Queenie erkennt, dass sie ihm endlich die Wahrheit gestehen muss. Ein tief beruhrender Roman voller Humor und Trost - uber Liebe, Schuld, Hoffnung und ein Geheimnis, das alles in Frage stellt.

Perfect

Perfect

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin `Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?

Perfect

Perfect

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

Summer, 1972: In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis. Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right?

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Perfect

Perfect

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 14/01/2014

A spellbinding novel that will resonate with readers of Mark Haddon, Louise Erdrich, and John Irving, Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences.Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: his school uniform draped over his wooden desk chair, his sister arguing over the breakfast cereal, the click of his mother's heels as she crosses the kitchen. But when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, eleven-year-old Byron understands that from now on nothing can be the same. What happened and who is to blame? Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron's perfect world is shattered. Unable to trust his parents, he confides in his best friend, James, and together they concoct a plan. . . . As she did in her debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce has imagined bewitching characters who find their ordinary lives unexpectedly thrown into chaos, who learn that there are times when children must become parents to their parents, and who discover that in confronting the hard truths about their pasts, they will forge unexpected relationships that have profound and surprising impacts. Brimming with love, forgiveness, and redemption, Perfect will cement Rachel Joyce's reputation as one of fiction's brightest talents.Praise forPerfect ';Touching, eccentric . . . Joyce does an inviting job of setting up these mysterious circumstances, and of drawing Byron's magical closeness with Diana.'Janet Maslin, The New York Times ';Haunting . . . compelling.'Minneapolis Star Tribune ';[Joyce] triumphantly returns with Perfect. . . . As Joyce probes the souls of Diana, Byron and Jim, she revealsslowly and deliberately, as if peeling back a delicate onion skinthe connection between the two stories, creating a poignant, searching tale.'O: The Oprah Magazine ';Perfect touches on class, mental illness, and the ways a psyche is formed or broken. It has the tenor of a horror film, and yet at the end, in some kind of contortionist trick, the narrative unfolds into an unexpected burst of redemption. [Verdict:] Buy It.'New York ';Joyce's dark, quiet follow-up to her successful debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, could easily become a book club favorite. . . . Perfect is the kind of book that blossoms under thoughtful examination, its slow tendencies redeemed by moments of loveliness and insight. However sad, Joyce's messagesabout the limitations of time and control, the failures of adults and the fears of children, and our responsibility for our own imprisonment and freedomhave a gentle ring of truth to them.'The Washington Post ';There is a poignancy to Joyce's narrative that makes for her most memorable writing.'NPR's All Things Considered

Faraway Smell of Lemon

Faraway Smell of Lemon

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 05/12/2013

It is Christmas Eve. Binny has four hours to make Christmas happen and she couldn t feel less like wishing glad tidings of good will to all men least of all to Oliver. It is raining, her house is falling apart, the streets are jammed with people and it is all Oliver s fault. Darting into a shop to escape a conversation, Binny finds herself in the sort of place she would never normally visit. But in amongst the shelves is a surprising source of peace.A beautiful gem of a short story from Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.

Faraway Smell of Lemon (Short Story)

Faraway Smell of Lemon (Short Story)

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2013

Just in time for Christmas, a heartwarming holiday e-original story by Rachel Joyce, the author of the bestselling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.It is Christmas Eve and Binny has just four hours in which to make Christmas happen for her children. But it's raining, her house is falling apart and she's just been left by her boyfriend who has taken up with another woman. Darting into a doorway to escape an awkward conversation, Binny finds herself in the kind of shop she'd never normally visit. But in among the shelves, she finds a surprising source of peace.

Faraway Smell of Lemon (Short Story)

Faraway Smell of Lemon (Short Story)

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 03/12/2013

Rachel Joyce, internationally bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect, delivers an unforgettable Christmas story of moving on from lost love, now available exclusively as an e-short. It's Christmas Eve, and Binny has only five hours to decorate her house and fix a proper dinner. Dropping her children off at school, she runs into town to do some last-minute shopping, yet her mind and heart are wholly elsewhere. Fighting off the sting of recent heartbreak, Binny stumbles into a small store, and in striking up conversation with the saleswoman she is suddenly overcome with memories of old friends, family, loves that have come and gone. And in this tiny shop, in the unlikely company of a complete stranger, Binny discovers a surprising sense of peace. Includes an enthralling preview of Rachel Joyce's forthcoming novel Perfect. Praise for Rachel Joyce ';Perfect is a poignant and powerful book, rich with empathy and charged with beautiful, atmospheric writing.'Tana French, author of In the Woods, on Perfect ';[Perfect's] unputdownable factor . . . lies in its exploration of so many multilayered emotions. There is the unbreakable bond between mother and son, the fear of not belonging . . . and how love can offer redemption.'London Evening Standard, on Perfect ';Beguiling . . . enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.'People (four stars), on The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ';[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.'O: The Oprah Magazine, on The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Das Jahr, das zwei Sekunden brauchte

Das Jahr, das zwei Sekunden brauchte

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 21/11/2013

Rachel Joyce zieht uns ins Herz der Zeit.Die Freunde Byron und James sind elf Jahre alt, als sich alles fur immer verandert. Niemand sieht das Madchen mit dem roten Fahrrad. Nur Byron, der mit seiner schonen Mutter im Wagen sitzt, als der Unfall im dichten Nebel geschieht. Byron wei sofort: Er darf keinem etwas davon erzahlen. Doch in nur zwei Sekunden ist die ganze Welt aus den Fugen geraten, und er braucht James an seiner Seite. Konnen zwei Sekunden existieren, die es vorher nicht gab? Und wird ihre perfekte Welt jemals wieder in den Takt kommen? Eine tief beruhrende Geschichte uber Zerbrechlichkeit und Wahrheit, Freundschaft und Liebe und zwei lebenslange Sekunden. Von der Autorin des Weltbestsellers Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/01/2013

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else's life. 'The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching'. - Claire Tomalin 'From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down.' - Erica Wagner, The Times

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 24/07/2012

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER *; LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE *; NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POSTMeet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live. Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to himallowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets. As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years. And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy. A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wiseand utterly irresistiblestoryteller.Advance praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ';When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me.'Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank ';There's tremendous heart in this debut novel by Rachel Joyce, as she probes questions that are as simple as they are profound: Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us? I found myself laughing through tears, rooting for Harold at every step of his journey. I'm still rooting for him.'Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife ';Marvelous! I held my breath at his every blister and cramp, and felt as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed.'Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand ';Harold's journey is ordinary and extraordinary; it is a journey through the self, through modern society, through time and landscape. It is a funny book, a wise book, a charming bookbut never cloying. It's a book with a savage twistand yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful. . . . I'm telling you now: I love this book.'Erica Wagner, The Times (UK) ';The odyssey of a simple man . . . original, subtle and touching.'Claire Tomalin, author of Charles Dickens: A LifeFrom the Hardcover edition.

Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry

Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 16/05/2012

EIGENTLICH WOLLTE ER NUR ZUM BRIEFKASTEN. DANN GEHT HAROLD FRY 1000 KILOMETER ZU FUSS. Rachel Joyce' unvergesslicher Selbstfindungs-Roman uber eine ungewohnliche Pilgerreise hat die ganze Welt erobert."e;Ich bin auf dem Weg. Du musst nur durchhalten. Ich werde Dich retten, Du wirst schon sehen. Ich werde laufen, und Du wirst leben."e; Harold Fry will nur kurz einen Brief einwerfen an seine fruhere Kollegin Queenie Hennessy, die im Sterben liegt. Doch dann lauft er am Briefkasten vorbei und auch am Postamt, aus der Stadt hinaus und immer weiter, 87 Tage, 1000 Kilometer. Zu Fu von Sudengland bis an die schottische Grenze zu Queenies Hospiz. Eine Reise, die er jeden Tag neu beginnen muss. Fur Queenie. Fur seine Frau Maureen. Fur seinen Sohn David. Fur sich selbst. Und fur uns alle.Der preisgekronte Roman von Rachel Joyce uber Geheimnisse und lebensverandernde Momente, Tapferkeit und Betrug, Liebe und Loyalitat und ein ganz unscheinbares Paar Segelschuhe.

Arabian Afternoons: The Porter and the Three Ladies

Arabian Afternoons: The Porter and the Three Ladies

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

A wild, dark modern fairytale, set in Damascus. The second in a series of contemporary plays inspired by stories from the Arabian Nights. It is time for Shahrazad to tell another tale to save her life. In this story within a story, we find out that if Joe doesn't find the exclusive to satisfy his ruthless editor, he will lose his job. He finds three beautiful women in Damascus but what is the truth behind their secret life? Starring Sirine Saba, Kevork Malikyan, Stephen Tompkinson, Joanna Monro, Indira Varma, Jasmine Jones, and Melissa Advani. Directed by Tracey Neal.