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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

by Andrew Davidson (Illustrator), RachelJoyce (Author), RachelJoyce (Author)

Synopsis

Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012: 'The odyssey of a simple man, original, subtle and touching' - Claire Tomalin. When Harold Fry leaves home one morning to post a letter, with 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. 'Wonderful' - Guardian

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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 296
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: 15 Mar 2012

ISBN 10: 0857520644
ISBN 13: 9780857520647
Book Overview: Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2012. Rachel Joyce is the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year 2012. A tender, quietly comic, heartstopping first novel from a powerful new voice in fiction.
Prizes: Long-listed for Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2012.

Media Reviews
From the moment I met Harold Fry, I didn't want to leave him. Impossible to put down -- Erica Wagner The Times Deploying meticulously precise and deceptively light-as-air prose, Joyce takes Harold across the bitter wastelands of regret to the sunlit uplands of emotional redemption with a -clarity that is at times almost unbearably moving -- Karen Robinson The Sunday Times Distinguished by remarkable confidence... Polished to perfection... Joyce's experience as a playwright shows in her ear for dialogue and eye for character diatom - even the walk-on parts stay with you as real people. She handles her material with deceptive lightness but Harold's journey towards a better version of himself is totemic. To read about him is to be moved to follow him Daily Telegraph 20120310 This cleverly done, admirably clear-sighted novel skirts the sloughs of saccharine and whimsy, coming to an almost unbearably moving conclusion. An instant book-group classic Daily Mail 20120323 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
Author Bio
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.