Know Your Booker!: Rachel’s Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The_Unlikely_Pilgrimage_Of_Harold_FrySo you think you know everything there is to know about Rachel Joyce’s Booker nominated novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Test your knowledge against our GoodReads quiz here!

What’s it about?

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is described by the book’s publisher Doubleday as follows:

When Harold Fry leaves home one morning to post a letter, with 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.

Who is Rachel Joyce?

According to the bio on her official website:

Rachel Joyce has written over twenty original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for the Classic Series and Woman’s Hour, as well as a TV period drama for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Play.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is Rachel’s first novel. She is now writing her second novel, ‘Perfect’.

Rachel lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and four children.

What does BookerMarks think of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry?

Michelle (Review): “So, what are the standards books should be judged by? The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is a very good heartwarming story. The question is – is it Booker worthy?”

Aaron (Review): “There’s nothing ambitious, experimental, or innovative about this title. It’s a highly derivative quest piece. However, it’s not completely without merit.”

What do YOU think of Rachel Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry? Sound off below or visit our GoodReads forum to submit your official rating for the book which will be added to our community long list standings!

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