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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

by Rachel Joyce

‘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.

#81 on Australia’s Top 100 2016


02 January, 2013

About Rachel Joyce

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.


  1. TinaJ

    A friend loaned this book to me as a “must read” and right from the first page I couldn’t put it down. So many characters who help to restore faith in humanity. I think I wore a smile just about all the way through.
    What joy then to stumble across the companion book in a library – The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. You can’t read one without the other, so revel in the joy of both.

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