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Introducing our July & August
Doncaster Read Author Rachel Joyce
Our Doncaster Read choice for July & August 2017 in association with Doncaster Waterstones, features Rachel Joyce, bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. This was Rachel’s debut novel published at the age of 50 and led to her securing the title of Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year in 2012.The novel was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize.
Rachel’s next book, Perfect, also became a Sunday Times bestseller in 2013. She then went on, or you could say back, to write The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy which tells the story of the woman Harold Fry was walking across the country to reach; a story Rachel says she “couldn’t let go of until it was told – or it wouldn’t let go of me until it was told.” She says it is not a sequel, but both books “really should be read side by side.”
Rachel had always wanted to write a novel but she started off as an actress and then became a playwright, winning awards for plays and adaptations for BBC Radio 4. She says “writing a novel at 49 was a new beginning for me, but it was also like the tying up of an old thread.” This theme, along with others exploring where life’s journey takes us, is echoed in her books. Her next, The Music Shop, about second chances and choosing to be brave despite the odds, is due out on 13th July. Rachel’s books make the perfect Summer Read, so pick up a copy today…