A heartwarming and endearing book about recent OAP Harold Fry, who one day gets a letter from an old friend saying she's dying of cancer in Berick-upon-Tweed. Struck by this he goes down the road to post a letter, and then just continues to walk, thinking that as long as he's walking to see her, she will not die. He has no proper walking shoes, no maps, no compass, no waterproof clothes, just a will to see Queenie Hennesy again, talk to her, and to save her life.
This is the story of Harold Fry, of his wife, and son, of Queenie, who is dying, and of all the people Harold meets along his way from the very south of England up to Berwick.
One of the most moving books I've read lately! A tad sentimental (mostly in a good way), but well-written enough to evade the obvious traps. I was crying and smiling and laughing my way through most of it, and when finished, it left me with a wonderfully fullfilling feeling. A lovely book!
Kate Clanchy – Meeting the English is our book of the month for July.
A bright debut novel about dark subjects, by an acclaimed poet and non-fiction and short story writer. 17yr old Struan goes south for the first time, leaving his Scottish town to spend a life-changing summer in London caring for a paralysed literary giant, in response to an advert. Subscribe to the book-of-the-month!
William Sutton – Lawless and the Devil of Euston Square is our british crime book of the month for July.
It is 1859, and novice detective Campbell Lawless has just arrived in London. Woken in the middle of the night, he is summoned to the scene of a deadly act of sabotage at Euston Station by the illustrious Inspector Wardle. Wardle believes that the man found dead amidst his handiwork is the culprit, but Lawless is not so sure. So begins his hunt for elusive revolutionary Berwick Skelton, one that will thrust him into a lethal and intoxicating world of royal scandal and intrigue. Aided by a gang of street urchins and a vivacious librarian, Lawless must capture his underworld nemesis before Skelton unleashes his final vengeance. Subscribe to the book-of-the-month!