The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

This year’s summer holiday was a tour of Europe in our camper van. The most important part of packing for this was obviously a trip to the local bookshop and I had travelling on the mind.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

The Unlikely Pilgrimage is less light than the cover suggests, but still a long way from heavy literature.

Harold receives a letter from a woman he knew decades previously who is now dying. He then feels an urge to make a journey, or pilgrimage, across England. We then explore how this affects those around him and his reflections on how his life ended up how it has.

He also understands the different ways of travelling, what equipment is necessary, his needs in terms of companionship and what just doesn’t matter for the purpose of his journey.

We also travel through the perspective of his wife, the woman left behind, and the shame and uncertainty of being in that position

There are a couple of twists at the end, both of which are well set-up, but I certainly found one to be unnecessary and setting the ending up to be a disappointment.

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