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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (24 Feb 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553410105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553410105
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and Perfect published in July 2013. She was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012.

Joyce has also written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play.

She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.

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"5 stars" (The Telegraph)

"Touching ... a quiet, gentle, moving novel. Joyce's writing has a simplicity that sings and she captures hope best of all." (The Observer)

"If you loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you'll be thrilled with this sequel." (The Sun)

"Invest in a box of Kleenex before you start this tear-jerker - [one of] this month's big reads." (Women & Home)

"A beautiful story which will grip you, make you laugh and cry, uplift your spirit and leave you feeling profoundly grateful and changed by the reading experience ... This is a wonderful book about loss, redemption and joy – and I give it my own prize." (Bel Mooney The Daily Mail) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Bestselling companion to the 2 million+ copy, worldwide phenomenon, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: an exquisite, funny and heartrending parallel story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nicola in South Yorkshire TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
What a beautiful story! Having read and enjoyed The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I was really keen to read this book which is the story of Queenie Hennessey, the woman Harold Fry was walking to see. She's in the hospice coming towards the end of her life and is waiting for Harold to reach her. Whilst waiting, she writes a letter to Harold about her feelings for him and what it was that made her leave Kingsbridge 20 years ago.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved Queenie's voice and I just loved her as a character. It's essentially a tale of unrequited love and how she coped with feelings of guilt over something that happened in Harold's life. Towards the end of the book I was so moved by the part when Harold reaches the hospice. I don't want to give anything away but it was so sad and those feelings stayed with me to the end of the book.

Rachel Joyce has written a wonderful companion tale to The Unlikely Pilgrimage. One day I'd love to read both books again (something I don't do very often).

Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a copy for review.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jo D'Arcy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover
It all began two years ago when the world was introduced to Harold Fry. He was going on a journey, to visit an old friend. That old friend was Queenie Hennessey.

And now we are privileged to read her journey. It is a very different one to Harold's.

Queenie is nearing the end of her life. What is slowly taking her is has forced her to give up her beach house, her sea garden but not her memories. It is whilst she is at the hospice that she decides to make her own journey just as Harold is making his momentous one.

This is a journey of 'sitting still and waiting...see what you did not see before'. This is a journey of a letter to Harold, to tell him her side of the story.

As Queenie waits, with the help of one of the nuns at the hospice she composes a letter to Harold. This letter tells him and us all about her life. How she came to end up working with him and then suddenly leaving as she did so and moving away.

It tells of her love that she had for so much, dancing, numbers and even Harold himself but how she was unable to show any of that love. It was all kept in her heart and now as her heart weakens, she wants to share it all.

With love comes guilt and for years it seems that Queenie has held onto something that maybe she should have told Harold about. She became too close to this man and his family, albeit in a rather vicarious way in some instances. At times we were almost voyeurs on Harold's family life, coping with his wife and his son David. We knew the truth, Harold knew the truth and so did Queenie, but for us to see it played out was very painful to witness. Now all those unanswered questions that were in the first novel were answered.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Beadyjan on 14 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover
I finished this delightful book last week on my holiday, shed a tear or two over this sweet, emotional story.

For anyone who loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry this is a companion novel the author has written to portray the life of Queenie the woman who is waiting in a hospice for Harold, whilst he undertakes his epic walk.

Of course, the hospice setting gives you a hint that it's going to be quite poignant and I did blub somewhat. It's quite a sad little tale in many ways but is told with the same deft lightness of touch and a wry humour, which I so enjoyed in Harold Frys story.

Queenie is dying and her final days in a hospice have been shaken somewhat by the news that an old friend and colleague is walking the length of the UK to see her and she must wait until he gets there, she has already waited a long time to see him again but there is something she feels a burning need to tell him. To fill in the long hours of waiting, between medication, pain and impossible meals with fellow residents, she accepts the advice and help of an newly arrived and understanding Nun, Sister Mary Inconnu, to write everything down in a letter to Harold and this book is the result of her thoughts and confessions.

In it, we learn about Queenies life, her friendship with Harold, her later years creating a wonderful sea garden and discover what it is she is unable to forgive herself for, what she was unable to speak of and as we journey towards her final days we watch her find an inner peace through her reminiscences and remembering.

There are some really heart wrenching moments and I heartily recommend this lovely read and defy anyone not to give a little sob filled gasp near the end when certain facts are revealed, as did I.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER on 9 Oct 2014
Format: Hardcover
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A companion novel to Rachel Joyce's best-selling novel: The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry which recounts one man's six hundred mile trek from Devon to Northumberland to visit an old friend in a hospice before she dies, 'The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy' now tells the story from Queenie's perspective.

Queenie Hennessy has not seen Harold Fry for twenty years - a man she once secretly loved to distraction and whom she has never been able to forget. After certain events caused Queenie to leave Devon, where she first met Harold in the firm where they both worked, Queenie forced herself to start a new life in a dilapidated wooden beach house on the coast of Northumberland, putting all the love she could not give to Harold into her wonderful cliff-top sea garden. Now terminally ill and no longer able to care for herself or her much-loved garden, Queenie is now living in St Bernadine's Hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed. Feeling in very low spirits, Queenie resists attempts made by the staff to help her to integrate with the other patients, or to take any interest in the time she has left to her. However, when she learns that Harold has set off on his long journey to be at her side, and is encouraged by a new volunteer at the hospice, Sister Mary Inconnue, to write a letter to Harold, telling him the truth about events from the past, Queenie finds the will to carry on - especially when she tells Sister Mary that she is at the hospice to die and the nun replies: "Pardon me, but you are here to live until you die. There is a significant difference.
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