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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

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/03/2018

From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: ' A beautiful novel, a tonic for the soul and a complete joy to read.' Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann. Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind ... 'Hits all the right notes...a love story that's as much about the silences between words as what is said - the spaces between people that can be filled with mystery, confusion and misunderstanding as well as hope. Observer A BBC RADIO 4 'BOOK AT BEDTIME'.

Music Shop

Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 02/01/2018

';An unforgettable story of music, loss and hope. Fans ofHigh Fidelity,meet your next quirky love story.'PeopleNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BYTHE TIMES(UK) It is 1988. On a dead-end street in a run-down suburb there is a music shop that stands small and brightly lit, jam-packed with records of every kind. Like a beacon, the shop attracts the lonely, the sleepless, and the adrift; Frank, the shop's owner, has a way of connecting his customers with just the piece of music they need. Then, one day, into his shop comes a beautiful young woman, Ilse Brauchmann, who asks Frank to teach her about music. Terrified of real closeness, Frank feels compelled to turn and run, yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems, and Frank has old wounds that threaten to reopen, as well as a past it seems he will never leave behind. Can a man who is so in tune with other people's needs be so incapable of connecting with the one person who might save him? The journey that these two quirky, wonderful characters make in order to overcome their emotional baggage speaks to the healing power of musicand lovein this poignant, ultimately joyful work of fiction.Praise for The Music Shop';Captures the sheer, transformative joy of romance.'The Washington Post ';Love, friendship, and especially the healing powers of music all rise together into a triumphant crescendo. . . . This lovely novel is as satisfying and enlightening as the music that suffuses its every page.'The Boston Globe ';Magnificent . . . If you love words, if you love music, if you love love, this [novel] will be without question one of the year's best.'BookPage (Top Pick in Fiction) ';Joyce has a knack for quickly sketching characters in a way that makes them stick. [The Music Shop] will surprise you.'Minneapolis Star Tribune';Rachel Joyce has established a reputation for novels that celebrate the dignity and courage of ordinary people and the resilience of the human spirit. . . . But what really elevates The Music Shop is Joyce's detailed knowledge ofand passion formusic.'The Guardian

Mister Franks fabelhaftes Talent fur Harmonie

Mister Franks fabelhaftes Talent fur Harmonie

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2017

Eine aufregende Entdeckungsreise durch die Musik und eine wundervolle Geschichte vom Zuhoren, von Freundschaft, Mut, Veranderung und Liebe. Der gefeierte neue Roman der Autorin des Weltbestsellers Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold FryMister Frank hat eine besondere Gabe: Er spurt, welche Musik die Menschen brauchen, um glucklich zu werden. In Franks kleinem Plattenladen in einer vergessenen Ecke der Stadt treffen sich Nachbarn, Kunden und die anderen Ladenbesitzer der Strae. Keiner wei, wie lange sie hier noch uberleben konnen. Da taucht eines Tages die Frau in Grun vor Franks Schaufenster auf. Sie ist blass und schon, zerbrechlich und stark zugleich. Doch sosehr er sich auch bemuht, Frank kann einfach nicht horen, welche Musik in ihr klingt ..."e;Wenn Sie Worte lieben, wenn Sie Musik lieben, wenn Sie irgendetwas lieben, dann mussen Sie diesen Roman lesen!"e; Book Page"e;Rachel Joyce trifft jeden Ton: Etwas Schoneres kann man uber das Gluck von Liebe, Freundschaft und Musik nicht lesen."e; Washington Post

Harold und Queenie

Harold und Queenie

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 14/12/2017

***Harold Fry und Queenie Hennessy: zwei Bande nur fur kurze Zeit in einem eBook***"e;Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry"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. "e;Die unwahrscheinliche Reise der Queenie Hennessy"e;: Wenn dir nicht mehr viel Zeit bleibt, ist es Zeit fur die ganze Wahrheit. Die Fortsetzung des Bestsellers Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold Fry Ein tief beruhrender Roman voller Humor und Trost - uber Liebe, Schuld, Hoffnung und ein Geheimnis, das alles in Frage stellt.

Music Shop

Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 13/07/2017

Random House presents the unabridged downloadable audiobook edition of The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce, read by Steve Hartley.From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all ...1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann.Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind ...

The Music Shop

The Music Shop

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/07/2017

From the author of the world-wide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, a new novel about learning how to listen and how to feel; and about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds. Because in the end, music can save us all ... 1988. Frank owns a music shop. It is jam-packed with records of every speed, size and genre. Classical, jazz, punk - as long as it's vinyl he sells it. Day after day Frank finds his customers the music they need. Then into his life walks Ilse Brauchmann. Ilse asks Frank to teach her about music. His instinct is to turn and run. And yet he is drawn to this strangely still, mysterious woman with her pea-green coat and her eyes as black as vinyl. But Ilse is not what she seems. And Frank has old wounds that threaten to re-open and a past he will never leave behind ... LISTEN WHILE YOU READ! Follow the following links for specially collated The Music Shop playlists: The Music Shop playlist: bit.ly/TheMusicShopPlaylist Father Anthony: bit.ly/FatherAnthonyPlaylist Kit: bit.ly/KitsPlaylist Maud: bit.ly/MaudsPlaylist Hector: bit.ly/HectorsPlaylist

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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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Author: Rachel Joyce, Charlotte Bronte Format: eBook Release Date: 05/05/2016

Amanda Hale and Tom Burke star in a brand new BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation of Charlotte Bronte's most beloved novel, adapted by Rachel Joyce. Orphan Jane learns at an early age that self-control is the surest means of retaining self-respect in adversity. It is a lesson that serves her well in the years ahead as she endures the misery of life with her cruel, uncaring aunt, followed by the harsh regime at Lowood Institution, a charity school for poor children. After taking the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, she meets the master of the house, the brooding, enigmatic Edward Rochester, and finds herself falling in love with him. It seems as if happiness may finally be within her grasp - but a series of strange events leads her to believe that Rochester is concealing a dark secret. When the truth is revealed, the heartbroken Jane will need all her inner strength and resilience to face up to it...Dramatised for radio by bestselling novelist Rachel Joyce (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry), this iconic love story stars Amanda Hale as Jane and Tom Burke as Rochester. Suffused with romance, passion, mystery and danger, it is a spellbinding tale that is as real and relevant today as when it was first published in 1847. Duration: 2 hours 30 mins approx.

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Or the letter that was never sent to Harold Fry

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy Or the letter that was never sent to Harold Fry

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2015

From the author of the 2 million+ copy, worldwide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story. When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, `Even though you've done your travelling, you're starting a new journey too.' Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning. Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novel about the journey we all must take to learn who we are; it is about loving and letting go. And most of all it is about finding joy in unexpected places and at times we least expect.

Harold Fry & Queenie: Two-Book Bundle from Rachel Joyce

Harold Fry & Queenie: Two-Book Bundle from Rachel Joyce

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 21/04/2015

Meet a pair of beloved characters—Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy—in an eBook bundle that collects two linked novels from a wise and utterly irresistible storyteller.';[Rachel Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. . . . She's cleared space where miracles are still possible.'—Ron Charles, The Washington PostRachel Joyce's unforgettable debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, became a runaway international bestseller as readers fell in love with her unassuming hero as he embarked on an incredible adventure spurred by a letter from his old friend Queenie. In The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, Joyce reveals the other side of the story in a journey just as remarkable as Harold's. Together these exquisite parallel novels illuminate the feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, and the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person's life.Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry';[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.'—O: The Oprah Magazine';Joyce's beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ';ordinary' English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.'—People (four stars)';The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other.'—Janet Maslin, The New York Times';A moving story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey.'—Nancy Horan, author of Loving Frank';A gentle adventure with an emotional wallop . . . a smart, feel-good story.'—Bob Minzesheimer, USA Today';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 WifePraise for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy';This lovely book is full of joy. . . . [Queenie's] love song is for us. Thank you, Rachel Joyce.'—The Washington Post   ';Joyce's writing at moments has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all.'—The Guardian   ';[A] deeply affecting novel . . . Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenie's] tale is funny, sad, hopeful: She's bound for death, but full of life.'—People   ';Like Harold Fry, Queenie is delightful and dark. . . . But Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover, the darkness fades. What sticks with you is the light of Queenie's unwavering love.'—Minneapolis Star Tribune   ';Wonderful . . . It is not necessary to read Harold's story before reading Queenie's to enjoy this bittersweet novel, which is a pleasure in its own right. However, reading both will only serve to double that pleasure.'—The Independent   ';After two such involving novels, readers are bound to wish for a third.'—The Telegraph

Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2015

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an exquisite love story about Queenie Hennessy, the remarkable friend who inspired Harold's cross-country journey.A runaway international bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry followed its unassuming hero on an incredible journey as he traveled the length of England on foota journey spurred by a simple letter from his old friend Queenie Hennessy, writing from a hospice to say goodbye. Harold believed that as long as he kept walking, Queenie would live. What he didn't know was that his decision to walk had caused her both alarm and fear. How could she wait? What would she say? Forced to confront the past, Queenie realizes she must write again. In this poignant parallel story to Harold's saga, acclaimed author Rachel Joyce brings Queenie Hennessy's voice into sharp focus. Setting pen to paper, Queenie makes a journey of her own, a journey that is even bigger than Harold's; one word after another, she promises to confess long-buried truthsabout her modest childhood, her studies at Oxford, the heartbreak that brought her to Kingsbridge and to loving Harold, her friendship with his son, the solace she has found in a garden by the sea. And, finally, the devastating secret she has kept from Harold for all these years. A wise, tender, layered novel that gathers tremendous emotional force, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy underscores the resilience of the human spirit, beautifully illuminating the small yet pivotal moments that can change a person's life.Praise for The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy';In the end, this lovely book is full of joy. Much more than the story of a woman's enduring love for an ordinary, flawed man, it's an ode to messy, imperfect, glorious, unsung humanity. . . . [Queenie's] love song is for us. Thank you, Rachel Joyce.'The Washington Post ';Destined to change your world. One can't help but see life, and the end of it, differently after experiencing this novel. Full of wisdom and heart, it will overwhelm its readers with a deep sensitivity.'Bookreporter';[A] beguiling follow-up . . . In telling Queenie's side of the story, Joyce accomplishes the rare feat of endowing her continuing narrative with as much pathos and warmth, wisdom and poignancy as her debut. Harold was beloved by millions; Queenie will be, too.'Booklist(starred review)';Delightful and dark . . . But Joyce is so deft that when the book is over and you close the cover, the darkness fades. What sticks with you is the light of Queenie's unwavering love.'MinneapolisStar Tribune';[A] deeply affecting novel . . . Culminating in a shattering revelation, [Queenie's] tale is funny, sad, hopeful: She's bound for death, but full of life.'People';Joyce's writing at moments has a simplicity that sings. She captures hope best of all.'The Guardian';Joyce has a wonderfully evocative turn of phrase and like her other books this is a delightful read. . . . Uplifting and moving.'Daily Express ';Joyce nicely calls the book a companion rather than a sequel. But The Love Song is bolder than a retread of the same material from another angle. . . . After two such involving novels, readers are bound to wish for a third.'The Telegraph ';[Joyce] manages to both add depth to an already strong work and build something new and beautiful upon it.'The A.V. ClubFrom the Hardcover edition.

Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy 2-book Bundle

Harold Fry and Queenie Hennessy 2-book Bundle

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 02/12/2014

Two beloved novels in one volume!THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRYRecently retired, sweet, emotionally numb Harold Fry is jolted out of his passivity by a letter from Queenie Hennessy, an old friend, who he hasn't heard from in twenty years. She has written to say she is in hospice and wanted to say goodbye. Leaving his tense, bitter wife Maureen to her chores, Harold intends a quick walk to the corner mailbox to post his reply but instead, inspired by a chance encounter, he becomes convinced he must deliver his message in person to Queenie--who is 600 miles away--because as long as he keeps walking, Harold believes that Queenie will not die. So without hiking boots, rain gear, map or cell phone, one of the most endearing characters in current fiction begins his unlikely pilgrimage across the English countryside. Along the way, strangers stir up memories--flashbacks, often painful, from when his marriage was filled with promise and then not, of his inadequacy as a father, and of his shortcomings as a husband. Ironically, his wife Maureen, shocked by her husband's sudden absence, begins to long for his presence. Is it possible for Harold and Maureen to bridge the distance between them? And will Queenie be alive to see Harold arrive at her door?THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSYWhen Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note had explained she was dying. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write again; only this time she must tell Harold everything. In confessing to secrets she has hidden for twenty years, she will find atonement for the past. As the volunteer points out, 'Even though you've done your travelling, you're starting a new journey too.' Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was the beginning.

Ein ferner Duft wie von Zitronen

Ein ferner Duft wie von Zitronen

Author: Rachel Joyce Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2014

Eine wunderbare Kurzgeschichte uber die Kraft des Hier und Jetzt - von der Autorin des Bestsellers Die unwahrscheinliche Pilgerreise des Harold FryBinny hat noch genau funf Stunden Zeit, um alles fur die Festtage vorzubereiten. Sie fuhlt sich ganz und gar nicht weihnachtlich: Es regnet Bindfaden, ihr Haus fallt auseinander, und die Stadt ist vollig uberfullt. Und das ist alles, alles nur Olivers Schuld. Um nicht auch noch Smalltalk mit einer Bekannten machen zu mussen, flieht Binny in einen Laden, den sie normalerweise nie betreten wurde. Und findet dort einen ganz unerwarteten Ort voll Frieden, Trost und Freundlichkeit - eingehullt in einen Hauch von Zitronenduft.

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.