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  • Published: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446488645
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry




The critically acclaimed, Sunday Times and international bestseller, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize 2012: 'A magical, moving and uplifting tale about a man's journey across England and into his own heart.' - Deborah Moggach.

Rachel Joyce is the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2012.

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
'From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down.' - Erica Wagner, The Times
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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.

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

Rachel Joyce's new novel, The Music Shop, is now available to buy.

  • Pub date: 1 May 2012
  • ISBN: 9781446488645
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 384

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

“At times almost unbearably moving.”

Sunday Times

“A brilliant and charming novel: full of comic panache yet acute and poignant.”

Spectator

“one of the most moving, uplifting, inspiring novels I've ever read”

Richard Madeley

“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

“Wonderful”

Deborah Orr, Guardian

“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

“a gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation”

Oprah Magazine

“Life-affirming delight. A comic pleasure.”

Woman and Home

“A tender, funny debut about second chances and regained love as a man takes to the road on an unusual quest.”

Marie Claire

“The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching.”

Claire Tomalin

“Compelling and truly wonderful. It made me laugh out loud at times and brought tears to my eyes. There are sentences that are just brilliant and well observed.”

David Headley, Goldsboro Bookshop

“I was completely blown away. I thought I was about to read a comic novel but what can I say - it was indeed funny, but tender, ironic and deeply moving, a really wonderful book.”

Pat Abrehard, Harbour Bookshop, Kingsbridge, Devon

“Harold Fry is infuriating, hilarious and completely out of his depth, but I held my breath at his every blister and cramp and, felt, as if by turning the pages, I might help his impossible quest succeed. Marvellous!”

Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrewâ??s Last Stand

“From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down.”

Erica Wagner, The Times

“Tender and funny, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry shows that even our frailties can be uplifting and redemptive.”

Edward Stourton

“A delightfully original and engaging debut.”

Rebecca Frayn

“I loved this book. I loved its purity, its brutality and unerring honesty. I don't think I have read such richly composed metaphors before. They are like shooting stars glittering across each page. I can't believe this is her first novel- I wait with bated breath for her next.”

Natascha McElhone

“Harold's unlikely pilgrimage takes him the length of the country - and into the deepest parts of himself. This beautifully written tale is by turns funny, touching, farcical and heroic. A very unusual and uplifting debut.”

Isabel Wolff

“This book is like a naive painting: simple and profound. It is a moving story , full of heart, laced through with wry wit. I loved Harold and Maureen and their separate journeys. It felt like a celebration of being alive, being human. Beautiful!”

Niamh Cusack

“Accomplished BBC playwright Joyce’s debut novel is a gentle and genteel charmer, brimming with British quirkiness yet quietly haunting in its poignant and wise examination of love and devotion. Sure to become a bookclub favorite.”

Booklist

“Joyce’s beguiling debut is another modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”

People Magazine 4* Review

“Tender and profound, fresh and funny, a debut that provokes thoughts of reconciliation”

Marie Claire, Italy

“[Joyce] has created, with admirable ease, the kind of character whom readers will struggle to forget, who is genuine from the very beginning... emotionally gripping... a 21st-century morality tale that ultimately, and perhaps surprisingly, celebrates the kindness of strangers”

The Independent

“Impressive... Tender and thought-provoking”

Choice Magazine

“A moving, redemptive story”

The Lady

“[Harold's] tragicomic journey has the affecting simplicity of a modern-day parable”

Sunday Telegraph

“I found myself taking days over it just because I wanted to savour every few pages. An enchanting, gentle book.”

Nathaniel Parker, Daily Express


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