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The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other.

Review by Marjorie Brand, member of Porchester evening Guild.

This is a really well written first novel by a mother of four who lives in Gloucestershire. It is about a man called Harold Fry who has been retired for six months and is feeling a bit lost. When he gets a letter from an old colleague, Queenie Hennessy, who is very ill, he drops everything and goes out to post his letter of sympathy. At first the post box is his only aim but he goes further and further away from home and decides to walk to Berwick upon Tweed from Kingsbridge in Devon.

The story has lots of undercurrents and surprises, Harold is totally unprepared for his adventure and there are lots of people that he meets on his travels who help him and encourage him to keep going. At first we think it is a love story and Queenie is an old flame but things are much more complicated than that.

The descriptions of country, sea and sky are beautiful and it is a touching and moving story. I would recommend this book for book clubs and anyone who loves a good read.


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