57. Three Simple Truths about Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Author, Rachel Joyce


Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Author, Rachel Joyce

We’ll be chatting live via Skype with Rachel Joyce, the author of international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, in the Barrington High School Resource Room Sunday (February 23) at 1 p.m. and all are welcome to join us.  We hope you’ll drop by with your questions for Rachel during our interview for the Barrington Area Library’s fourth annual Barrington Reads community reading initiative.

Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Author, Rachel Joyce
Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Author, Rachel Joyce

In preparation for tomorrow’s conversation with Rachel Joyce about The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, I’ve taken some time to learn a little more about her.  And in considering an approach to the interview, I’m zeroing in on one simple sentence from her book that conveys an important discovery I think Harold makes on his pilgrimage.  In a letter he pens to his wife Maureen in chapter 25 he writes,

“If I keep it simple, I know I can get there.”

That’s one of the messages from the book that can apply to so many things.

In that spirit, here are three simple things you might not know about author Rachel Joyce:

1.  She lives with her husband and four children on a farm in South West England.

Author Rachel Joyce with her Family - RachelJoyceBooks.com
Author Rachel Joyce with her Family – RachelJoyceBooks.com

2.  After a twenty-year acting career, she has written more than twenty (award-winning) plays for BBC Radio 4The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry is Rachel Joyce’s first novel.

Join us for a conversation with author Rachel Joyce for Barrington Reads - February 23, 2014
Join us for a conversation with author Rachel Joyce for Barrington Reads – February 23, 2014

3.  Rachel Joyce recently debuted her second novel Perfect, inspired by a true-life moment when she felt stretched as far as she could go, sitting in traffic while taking her young children to school.

The Novel Perfect by Author Rachel Joyce
The Novel Perfect by Author Rachel Joyce

In preparation for our interview, we’ve also been hosting an “Unlikely Pilgrimage” contest for those who join our conversation about the book by sharing comments here at 365Barrington.com.  Barrington Running Co. is giving away a pair of shoes, TT Patton is giving away a journal and pen and we’ll announce our winners tomorrow.

Join our "Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry" conversation for a chance to win prizes
Join our “Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” conversation for a chance to win prizes

We hope you will join us TOMORROW AT 1 P.M. at Barrington High School.  If you have any questions you’d most like to hear Rachel Joyce answer, please bring them tomorrow or share them in the comments box below and we’ll be sure to ask her.

To read more about Rachel Joyce in the meantime, CLICK HERE to find her Facebook page or visit her website at RachelJoyceBooks.com.

Thank you, Barrington Area Library, Barrington 220 Educational Foundation, Barrington 220 School District and the Barrington PTO Presidents’ Council for hosting the 2014 Barrington Reads campaign and inspiring us to read this beautiful book together!

For a list of other upcoming events scheduled during the month of February inspired by The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, you’ll find the full Barrington Reads schedule on the library’s website at BALibrary.org.

Barrington Community Reading Campaign - February, 2014
Barrington Community Reading Campaign – February, 2014

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