of Beaverdale Books
Review by Cathryn Lang
By Rachel Joyce
Harold Fry had never done a spontaneous thing
in his life. He has denied and squashed any
emotion beyond complacency. He and his wife
settled into a silent, convenient marriage.
As he sat at the breakfast table one morning
he received a letter that caused him to weep.
His only friend, Queenie, wrote from Berwick-upon-Tweed
to say she was dying. Harold immediately wrote
a condolence letter and walked to the post box
to mail it. But, a funny thing happened on the
way to the post box.
Harold found a reason to avoid the first post
box he came to; then the second; and then the
third. He simply could not drop the letter in.
He encountered a young girl at a convenience
store. Uncharacteristically, he confided in
her. She offered him the advice that he must
believe in goodness, and anything can happen.
It is at that point that Harold decided to walk
from his home in Kingsbridge to Berwick-upon-Tweed
(a distance of more than 600 miles). He believed
that as long as he walks, Queenie would live.
He set out immediately for Berwick in his yachting
Along his pilgrimage, Harold discovered that
if he accepts people as they are, they open
up to him. He discovered everyone has a story.
He received a crash course in humanity and became
a media sensation as he trudged along. Harold
also worked through his own demons — something
he had never had the courage to do before.
As you read about Harold’s epiphany, you will
examine your own outlook on life. The message
and experiences of Harold will stay with you
for a long time to come. CV