If you haven’t yet read “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry”, please just drop everything and get hold of a copy.
If you have, but haven’t come across the companion novel, recounting the parallel, life-affirming journey of Queenie Hennessy, likewise please drop everything and be prepared for something really, really special. This second read, by necessity a consequence of the first, is even better, even more wonderful. T.S. Eliot would have been proud.
By the by, you HAVE to read Harold first, otherwise it doesn’t work. Maybe even with a gap in between.
Rachel Joyce explains that she initially had no intention of returning to the story, but what a joy that she did. As she says, “it is not a sequel…or a prequel… (it is) a book that sits alongside ‘Harold Fry’. They really should come that way – her in the passenger seat, him in the driving seat. Side by side.”
This is a perfect book – it makes you chuckle, in fact makes you laugh, and then it moves you, sometimes to tears. Totally enriching and humbling all at the same time.
“The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy” is quite simply a beautiful thing – at times like a fable, but smacks so much of the everyday too. Please read it!
Rating : 10/10 – A FAVOURITE BOOK