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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy

by RachelJoyce (Author)

Synopsis

From the author of the 2 million+ copy, worldwide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story. When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait? A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, 'It isn't Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.' This is that letter. A letter that was never sent. Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about friendship and kindness as well as the small victories that pass unrecorded. It is about the truth and the significance - the gentle heroism - of a life lived alone. Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning...

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Pages: 368
Edition: 0
Publisher: Doubleday
Published: 09 Oct 2014

ISBN 10: 0857522760
ISBN 13: 9780857522764
Book Overview: From the author of the 2 million + copy worldwide bestseller, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. An exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story.

Media Reviews
5 stars The Telegraph Touching ... a quiet, gentle, moving novel. Joyce's writing has a simplicity that sings and she captures hope best of all. The Observer If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you'll be thrilled with this sequel. The Sun Invest in a box of Kleenex before you start this tear-jerker - [one of] this month's big reads. Women & Home A beautiful story which will grip you, make you laugh and cry, uplift your spirit and leave you feeling profoundly grateful and changed by the reading experience ... This is a wonderful book about loss, redemption and joy - and I give it my own prize. -- Bel Mooney The Daily Mail
Author Bio
Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into 34 languages. Rachel Joyce was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012 and shortlisted for the 'Writer of the Year' 2014. She is also the author of the short story, A Faraway Smell of Lemon and the forthcoming short story collection, A Snow Garden & Other Stories and a new novel for 2016, The Music Shop. She is the award-winning writer of over 30 original afternoon plays and classic adaptations for BBC Radio 4. Rachel Joyce lives with her family in Gloucestershire.