Rachel Joyce

Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North
  • Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North

  • When Harold set off on his epic journey on foot to save a friend it was only the beginning of the story.
    Ten years later, there's still unfinished business.

    Maureen Fry is about to set that straight.

    Maureen Fry has settled into the quiet life she now shares with her husband after his iconic walk across England. Now, ten years later, an unexpected message from the North disturbs her equilibrium again and this time it is Maureen's turn to make her own journey.

    But Maureen is not like Harold. She struggles to bond with strangers and the landscape she crosses has radically changed. She has little sense of what she'll find at the end of the road. All she knows is that she must get there.

    Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North is a deeply felt, lyrical and powerful novel, full of warmth and kindness, about love, loss and how we come to terms with the past in order to understand ourselves and our lives a little better.

    While it stands alone, it is also the extraordinarily moving finale to a trilogy that began with the phenomenal bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and continued in The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.

Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop, Miss Benson's Beetle and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her new novel, Maureen Fry & the Angel of the North is published in October 2022. The film of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is in production for release late in 2022. Rachel's books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012 and shortlisted for the 'UK Author of the Year' 2014. Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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