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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • LONGLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER PRIZE • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST
 
“[Rachel] Joyce’s beguiling debut is [a] modest-seeming story of ‘ordinary’ English lives that enthralls and moves you as it unfolds.”—People (four stars)
 
Meet Harold Fry, recently retired. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does. Little differentiates one day from the next. Then one morning a letter arrives, addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl, from a woman he hasn’t heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye. But before Harold mails off a quick reply, a chance encounter convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. In his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold Fry embarks on an urgent quest. Determined to walk six hundred miles to the hospice, Harold believes that as long as he walks, Queenie will live. A novel of charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wise—and utterly irresistible—storyteller.
 
Praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

“[A] gorgeously poignant novel of hope and transformation.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
 
“A cause for celebration . . . [Joyce] has a lovely sense of the possibilities of redemption. In this bravely unpretentious and unsentimental take, she’s cleared space where miracles are still possible.”—Ron Charles, The Washington Post
 
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is not just a book about lost love. It is about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
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4.4 / 5
February 1st, 2014
Highly original and bittersweet portrayal of an older couple. Highly recommended and deals with subjects we often avoid.
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January 30th, 2014
Harold Fry has never done the unexpected, having spent the last 65 years living a quiet sheltered life. Retired for the last six months Harold shaves each morning and puts on a tie only to sit in the same chair with nowhere to go as his wife Maureen silently cleans. One day he recieves a letter from an woman from his past who informs him she is dying. Harold pens his reply only to be disappointed by his response so he makes a snap decision to walk across England from Kingsbridge to Berwick Upton...more
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January 29th, 2014
Keeps you involved! A good read that you think about after.
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January 29th, 2014
Such a lovely book! This was so human ... at times quite raw, but always inspiring. Couldn't stop turning the pages, so - oops - it lasted me a day! It made me think about all the rushing around we do with our heads down and how sometimes we need to lift our eyes up and really look at what is around us. Loved it!
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January 28th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book and found it really interesting, as it was set to begin with in an area of the country I knew well. This meant I soon couldn't put it down and as the story moved across the country. I was made to feel like I was getting to know new towns and people. It was a great journey for a reader!
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January 28th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read and very engaging. I felt personally invested in Harold and his journey. I was also truly surprised by some of the revelations in the book. Though some of the story line might appear far-fetched, the overall tale is one that many will be able to relate to on some level.
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January 24th, 2014
An engaging story, moving. Takes you on Harold Frys journey of self discovery.
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January 24th, 2014
Great book. Made me cry and laugh.
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January 23rd, 2014
Enjoyed the book to start with but just found it far fetched and I rushed to finish it. Like the references to towns of the uk and he got his opinion spot on. Easy read and makes you smile.
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January 23rd, 2014
This was one of the most moving, poignant and engaging stories I have read. Harold Fry embarks on a most unexpected journey which indeed becomes a pilgrimage as he contemplates the events and turning points of his own life while meeting people along the way who prompt memories and evoke unexplored places of the heart. His quest to seek and connect with a former colleague is at once a conclusion and a new beginning as he finds the life and direction which he seems to have lost.
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A moving tender novel
September 30th, 2013
I loved it! I felt a connection with the main characters, especially Harold. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.
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