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. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.
I chose to read The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce because it was recommended by one of my favourite booktubers, Jen Campbell. She said that it was such a lovely book and because I already had a copy of it (and the sequel The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy) I decided to boost it up my playlist.
Jen Campbell was right. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is lovely. It is wonderful, joyous and uplifting. So many superlatives for just one book.
Like Ronseal, the book is about what it says on the cover. A pilgrimage by a man called Harold Fry. After receiving a letter from a friend telling him that she is sick Harold decides to visit her. He makes the decision to walk the 400plus miles to get there.
Now all of this may seem farfetched but this story has real heart. As Harold goes along his journey you feel his fatigue and you cheer him on. His journey feels like your journey.
I, for one, cannot wait to read the sequel.
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce is available now.
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