My book review of 'Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North' by Rachel Joyce

by Rachel Joyce

It was lovely to revisit the life of Harold Fry. I remember very clearly the time when I read of his Unlikely Pilgrimage and found it a charming and moving story which has now been turned into a film.

This book provides the third and final instalment as we meet his wife Maureen embarking on her own very different, but nonetheless, hugely significant journey.

Maureen decides to drive more than 400 miles north for her particular pilgrimage. Although this seems less romantic than Harold's walk, her journey is still eventful and both amusing and sad.

Her dilemmas in having to ask directions, to find refreshments, to deal with unforeseen events are all very relatable as are her conflicting emotions. Her character, too, being both sharp and bristly as well as occasionally kind and appreciative is also very real.

Maureen's purpose in travelling so far is very sad, yet beautifully told. And when she reaches her destination she has learnt much more about herself, coming to terms with her past and being filled with hope for her future. It is a delightful story, not least because it is so compact. It's a book to cherish and to return to time and again.

Review date: September 2022
Publication date: 20th October 2022