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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce
  

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

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While Harold Fry was walking up through England with his media circus (The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Henry Fry), Queenie preparing to die, was hanging on for him. This is what she did while she waited in her Catholic hospice. Unable to speak, she wrote and wrote and wrote. The nuns typed and Queenie’s reminiscences poured out. A beautiful tale of unrequited love, or tragedy and of her life in the hospice, of her fellow patients, all waiting to die and all becoming involved in waiting for Harry Fry. This is lovely, a pure gem.

If you like Rachel Joyce you might also like to read books by Maria Semple, Reif Larsen and Daniel Clay.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Joyce’s debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry touched a nerve in the reading public and became an overwhelming bestseller. Never intending to write a sequel, Joyce says that Queenie popped back into her head with her story waiting to be told. As Queenie endures the pain and indignity of cancer, and sits out her final weeks in a hospice run by inspirational nuns, she is supported by the other patients – all wonderful characters – all facing the same inevitability. Harold’s progress en route to Berwick-upon-Tweed is recorded in cards and letters to Queenie, and Queenie writes her own letter – her story – to give him when he arrives. In it she reveals her unrequited love for Harold when they worked together, and of how, unbeknown to him, she got to know his troubled son David Beautifully understated and magnificently spare in the telling, this is another deeply poignant and affecting tale – heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measure.
~ Fiona Lafferty

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Synopsis

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

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.


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5 stars The Telegraph Touching ... a quiet, gentle, moving novel. Joyce's writing has a simplicity that sings and she captures hope best of all. The Observer If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you'll be thrilled with this sequel. The Sun Invest in a box of Kleenex before you start this tear-jerker - [one of] this month's big reads. Women & Home A delightful read. ... Joyful moments and gentle comedy. an uplifting and moving companion to Harold Fry -- Kat Berry Daily Express

About the Author

Rachel Joyce

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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Publication date

9th October 2014

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Rachel Joyce

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Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

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Hardback

Categories

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ISBN

9780857522450

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