The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce - Recommended by Allan Crow
An intriguing and rather moving novel which has many hidden depths.
Harold Fry is an ordinary, retired bloke who, one day, takes off on a walk the length of England.
A former colleague writes to say she is gravely ill and, while out posting a letter, he simply decides to walk to see her.
He leaves behind a bemused wife and sets off with no provisions or any idea how to get from the deep south of England to Berwick Upon Tweed.
It’d be easy to compare Fry to Forest Gump, especially as his journey makes the news and all sorts of weirdos and oddballs join him on his travels – and there were times when they started to irritate me as they got in the way of an intriguing story ... why was he walking? What was the bond between him and his former female colleague, and what was really happening on the home front?
The story told by Joyce, however, is deceptively light – and she brings it all together quite beautifully. A joy to read.