Book for March 2014
As he begins the walk which in 87 days will cover 627 miles, he reflects. About his marriage, his former employment as a brewery representative, about his son David, from whom he is almost completely estranged. From stopping places he fires off postcards, to his wife Maureen (whose name may be a covert tribute to the Maureen of David Lodge's pilgrimage novel Therapy Therapy), to Queenie, and to the unnamed girl at the filling station who gave him inspiration for his journey.
Her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize. In December 2012, she was awarded the "New Writer of the Year" award by the National Book Awards for the novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Her second novel, Perfect, was published on 4th July 2013 to critical acclaim. She lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and four children.