The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry


How did I get it?:
I borrowed it.

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 was recommended this book by my sister who read it earlier this year. It is now on Richard and Judy’s Spring Reads which I’m thrilled about because the more people that read this gem the better!

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a touching tale of a retired couple, Harold and Maureen living in Devon, when Harold receives a letter that will change their future. It starts with a walk to the post box but ends up with a walk that will change both of their lives. Harold walks for miles and for days on end to fulfil a promise to a dear friend.

I found the book beautifully understated. It was very poignant at times but with some gentle humour along the way. The story of Harold and Maureen’s past slowly unfolds as the story draws to an end. Instead of making this feel dragged out, Rachel Joyce’s writing takes the reader along the walk with Harold and the journey of their lives up to this point.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a book that moved me with its observations on human nature. An impressive debut novel.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading Next:
Some Kind Of Fairy Tale- Graham Joyce

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