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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
  

Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

Winner of the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' 2012.

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012.

This is one of those books that you can’t help but fall in love with. Experienced radio playwright but debut novelist Rachel Joyce has written a moving and poignant, yet comic, story with such affecting characters it’s hard to stop reading – rather like the journey the central character Harold takes. And it all starts with a simple letter… wonderful. One of the Richard and Judy Spring 2013 Book Club selections.

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If you like Rachel Joyce you might also like to read books by Patricia Wood, Maria Semple and Gavin Extence.

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Synopsis

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

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.


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Reviews

'The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching.' Claire Tomalin

'At times almost unbearably moving.' Sunday Times

'A brilliant and charming novel: full of comic panache yet acute and poignant. Spectator Wonderful -- Deborah Orr Guardian

'The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a funny book, a wise book, a charming book - but never cloying. It's a book with a savage twist, and yet never seems manipulative. Perhaps because Harold himself is just wonderful...This book may follow a pattern set by another radio dramatist-turned-novelist, David Nicholls, whose One Day has now sold more than a million copies and been made into a successful film simply because one reader said to another 'I love this book over and over again. So I 'm telling you now: I love this book.-- Erica Wagner The Times

'A terrific book, comic and sad and very honest. Harold is a wonderfully-drawn character... his story is at the same time emotionally gruelling and yet ultimately uplifting.' Joanne Harris

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

2nd January 2013

Author

Rachel Joyce

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552778091

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