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A tender, quietly comic, heartstopping and very British coming of (old) age novel from a powerful new voice in fiction.

John Lennon lay in bed once. I am going to walk. The walk is the idea.'

When Harold Fry sets out one morning to post a letter to his dying friend Queenie he finds himself at the start of a journey that will have many beginnings, and for which he's entirely unprepared.
This is a story about a huge leap of faith. It's about raw secrets tucked away behind net curtains and those moments of impulse and chance encounters that will transform us. It's about bravery and betrayal, love, loyalty and an unremarkable pair of yachting shoes. Above all, it is a book which will make your heart sing; a book about the power in how we touch each other's lives.

Reviews

One of the sweetest, most delicately-written stories I've read in a long time. One man's walk along the length of England to save the life of a dying woman. Each chapter describes a different encounter along the way, with a definite nod to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Philosophical, intriguing, and profoundly moving.

Richard Madeley, Foyles website

Uplifting, funny and delicate

Jon Stock, The Daily Telegraph

Uplifting, funny and delicate

Jon Stock, The Daily Telegraph

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552778091

    January 2, 2013

    Black Swan

    384 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

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    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9781446488645

    May 1, 2012

    Transworld Digital

    384 pages

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    • iBooks
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