UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry has settled into a rut of biscuit crumb proportions, but his ordinary life is filled with a mission as bit by bit he throws caution to the wind. It starts when he goes for a walk to post a card, after a letter arrives from an old friend he had lost touch with, who is now in a hospice. On an impulse he sets out to visit her - on foot. Simple yet profound, we learn with humility, that no one ªÆs life can be brushed aside as ordinary. Written with a naivety that gives way to hidden depths, his walk becomes a personal pilgrimage, and reconnects Harold to all he held dear, as he faces some painful memories. Poignant but never cloying or sentimental, the tone is chipper and amusing, reminiscent of Victoria Wood ªÆs closely observed humour. However simple the story sounds, there are no simple answers. Harold Fry ªÆs journey has a searing honesty that strips to the core of what personal growth really means.
304pp, 158mm x 218mm, hardback, 2012