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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.
About the Author
Rachel Joyce lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and four children. She has written over twenty original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for the Classic Series and Woman's Hour, as well as a TV period drama for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Play. This is her first novel. She is at work on her second, Perfect.
this was our August book club book. I really enjoyed it and loved the journey with Harold. all our book club friends loved this one too and had a big cry at the end!
A beautiful reflection on life
Beautifully written as an elderly gentlemen reflects on his life as he walks across England. His story is slowly revealed about how lost he has become. Heart warming.
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Gold Coast, Aust
A good read
I enjoyed this book but did find it to be a bit long in the telling. The descriptive language used throughout is just beautiful and is worth a read for that alone. I found it to be a good holiday read.
Enjoyable, light read with likeable characters. The characters reflect on their own life and the decisions they made. I enjoyed the ending.
A charming read that draws you in
This was a journey for the characters and reader alike. It touches, in quite a gentle but determined way, the way we sometimes deal with difficult and painful episodes in our lives. It is a story of redemption and love told with humour and care. It deserves to be widely read.
Very moving - unusal twist at the end
Good general read, would be very suitable for a book club
Port Stephens NSW
A book that nourishes the soul.
A gently unfolding tale about how two people lose their way, and then find it again.I was even moved to tears at one point!
Harold is a thought-provoking character
This is a good read and worthy of the accolades.
Well worth reading
I have to admit I purchased this book (as I have a habit of doing) because I really liked the title (I also buy books when I really like the cover. What can I say: I want an interesting bookshelf). In this case I am so glad that I have this habit.
The journey Harold takes is not merely a physical one and it affects so many people in so many ways. The premise is just a lovely one, Harold tells his friend that he will keep walking and she will keep living and so in his mind a pact is born and he must walk 600 miles to uphold his end so that she won't die.
There are a number of twists along the way, interesting people that Harold meets and interacts with, and the main characters slowly evolve and change very naturally.
The writing is wonderful, the characters really well developed and very engaging. This was a well paced entertaining story and I thoroughly recommend it.
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 *
ISBN: 9780552778091 ISBN-10: 0552778095 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 384 Published: 2nd January 2013 Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1