Title: Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The
Authors: Joyce, Rachel
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 296
Year: 2012
Publisher: Random House
Language: English
Description: When Harold Fry leaves the house to post a card to Queenie, a former colleague who is in a hospice, he has no intention of bypassing the postbox and hand delivering the message. But this is exactly what happens; hundreds of kilometres later, Harold has walked from Devon to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

This is not just a journey of weary muscles and blistered heels for Harold, but an opportunity for him to examine the twists and turns of his life, prompted in his introspection by the people he meets along the way. An insightful and heart-warming read. What's Hot - September 2013

Comments from Groups:

An outstanding book which evolved fascinatingly and, at times, unexpectedly...Our group gave it 'best read of the year'. Christchurch 043

We found it quirky and different - and unpredictable.Harold's journey to Berwick-upon-Tweed was something of a metaphor for one's journey through life. Wellington 036

Charming yet profound at the same time." Christchurch 202

The book was a heart-rending as well as a heart-warming read. It was a beautifully crafted story. Matamata 001

Categories: Fiction, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Inspirational, Relationships, Uplifting, England, Light style, What's Hot, Popular Book with Groups


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By: TAUP 011 2019-03-03 16:30:22
Opinions were mixed on this book, some found it hard to get into and the general consensus was that we wouldn't choose to read it again. We agreed that the characterisations and use of descriptive phrases were extremely well done. It was a thought provoking book and created a lot of discussion. One of our members had done the Camino de Santiago walk in Spain which is a religious pilgrimage, but she was quick to tell us she is in no way religious, and we were very interested in her account and how some of it was so similar to Harold's pilgrimage.

By: NELS 064 2019-02-20 15:00:02
An easy read, enjoyed by all. The sequel is very much on everyone's list now too.

By: CHCH 299 2018-06-17 13:44:40
Most of the group thoroughly enjoyed this book, an easy read that kept you entertained and interested throughout - although some thought it dragged in parts, but opinions differed on which parts dragged. All agreed that you could tell it was written by someone young, as the 65-year-olds seemed to be ancient. A couple of members read the companion book, Love Story For Queenie Hennessey, and enjoyed that as well - the two books go well together and reveal more about both main characters.

By: AUCK 189 2018-04-18 12:53:02
One or two didn't like it at all. The rest of us thoroughly enjoyed it. We particularly liked the "peeling of an onion" device, where you have to keep reading to find out what was going to be revealed next about Harold and Maureen's relationship, and what happened to their son.

By: WHAKA 008 2018-04-18 12:46:31
A high-scoring book - everyone enjoyed it. Serendipitous, poignant, believable simple style, and good characterisation. We liked Harold and were pleased he had a happy ending.

By: NGON 002 2018-04-18 12:43:23
Opinions were divided on this book. Some really enjoyed it and thought it well crafted, and were moved by the ending. Others enjoyed parts of it - some got frustrated by the 'hangers-on' and skipped to the end. Several were annoyed by the author's description of a 65 year old as almost decrepit - the average age of our group must be 65-68!

By: CHCH 437 2018-04-18 12:38:04
This was enjoyed by the majority of the group. An easy read and thought provoking.

By: AUCK 280 2018-04-18 12:35:09
Enjoyed by all members which is unusual, as there are usually diverse opinions. A number are interested in reading the follow-up book on Queenie's story. Good and free flowing discussion on many aspects of the book and the author's back story.

By: NELS 065 2018-04-13 14:54:51
The majority of the group loved this book. We enjoyed Harold's journey, and shared his trials, tribulations and triumphs. He seemed quiet and unassuming but with a heart of gold. We had empathy with his family's loss and the devastation that may cause, especially when the back story became clear. We also enjoyed discussing the finer details. It was sad that Queenie was unable to speak when he arrived. Some of the group were annoyed by Harold's posse!

By: DUNED 012 2018-04-13 14:48:32
Mixed views of book. Some people loved it! Others thought the pace was too slow.

By: SOUTH 001 2018-04-13 14:47:25
This book had great insights into human behaviours. We had a very wide discussion on the book - we talked about the different dimensions which make up families, the death of children, suicide, relationships and communication or lack of it.

By: UPHU 007 2018-04-13 14:43:12
A gentle book. Enjoyed by all.

By: CHCH 294 2018-04-13 14:42:35
Enjoyed by all. Not only in walking to Queenie, but in reviving his marriage.

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