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  • Published: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552778091
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry




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.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780552778091
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

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, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film.

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.

She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

“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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