Throwback Thursday meme is hosted by Renee@It’s Book Talk and is a way to share some of your old favourites as well as sharing books that you’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. You know, the ones waiting patiently on your TBR list while you continue to pile more titles on top of them 🙂! These older books are usually much easier than new releases to get a hold of at libraries and elsewhere. If you have your own Throwback Thursday recommendation feel free to jump on board, you’re welcome to use Renee’s pic as well. If you’d just link back to her @ It’s Book Talk she’d so appreciate it.
I’ve chosen a book I’d had on my tbr for a few years and finally got around to listening to the audiobook when it was on sale recently.
Published March 15th 2012 by Random House AudioBooks
When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof, or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking – to save someone else’s life.
This was such a lovely audiobook, with perfect narration from Jim Broadbent, a brilliant British actor. He really did become Harold for me, as I listened to him walk the highways and byways of England. It was such a lovely story that really had me rooting for him, egging him on to his destination of Berwick on Tweed on the English Scottish border. He met some lovely and not so nice people along the way, helping and hindering him. There was some very poignant parts to this story as Harold, and his wife Maureen look back over their lives, discovering long forgotten memories painful and happy. I think it would make a brilliant film, especially if Jim Broadbent played Harold. Maybe Mike Leigh could direct?
I definitely recommend this if you enjoy character driven books and I can’t wait to read the parallel story The Love Song of Queenie Hennessey also by Rachel Joyce.