Taunton Literary Festival 2014
Rachel Joyce, is an award-winning author and kicks off the 2014 Taunton Literary Festival, with a reading from her latest novel and a chat about her work and writing. Her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize and became a Sunday Times and International bestseller. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, is the follow up and tells the same timeline from Queenie’s perspective.
Head to Brendon’s Books on 7 November, for an intimate evening with Rachel – buy your ticket here for just £6.50.
When Queenie Hennessy discovers that Harold Fry is walking the length of England to save her, and all she has to do is wait, she is shocked. Her note to him had explained she was dying from cancer. How can she wait?A new volunteer at the hospice suggests that Queenie should write a second letter; only this time she must tell Harold the truth. Composing this letter, the volunteer promises, will ensure Queenie hangs on. It will also atone for the secrets of the past. As the volunteer points out, ‘It isn’t Harold who is saving you. It is you, saving Harold Fry.’
This is that letter. A letter that was never sent.
Told in simple, emotionally-honest prose, with a mischievous bite, this is a novella about a woman who falls in love but chooses not to claim it. It is about friendship and kindness as well as the small victories that pass unrecorded. It is about the truth and the significance – the gentle heroism – of a life lived alone.
Queenie thought her first letter would be the end of the story. She was wrong. It was just the beginning…
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