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THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER. When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about. 'It is her clever did-I-read-that-right twist at the end that really got to me and had me scrabbling through the chapters, open-mouthed.' Evening Standard. Summer . "Rachel Joyce tells wonderful stories. In her hands, ordinary lives are given dignity and triumph. She is a champion of humanity, and The Music Shop is no.

This is lovely, a pure gem. Summer, In the claustrophobic heat, eleven-year-old Byron and his friend begin 'Operation Perfect', a hapless mission to rescue Byron's mother from impending crisis.

Winter, present day: As frost creeps across the moor, Jim cleans tables in the local cafe, a solitary figure struggling with OCD. His job is a relief from the rituals that govern his nights. Little would seem to connect them except that two seconds can change everything. And if your world can be shattered in an instant, can time also put it right? Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize And it all starts with a simple letter… wonderful.

Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. March Debut of the Month. Harold ist der Mann, der allein mit seinem Schatten im Schnee tanzt. Queenie und Harold sind erst Kollegen, dann Freunde, dann Als Harold viele Jahre spater ihren Abschiedsbrief erhalt, macht er sich auf den Weg zu ihr. Und Queenie erkennt, dass sie ihm endlich die Wahrheit gestehen muss. A spellbinding novel that will resonate with readers of Mark Haddon, Louise Erdrich, and John Irving, Perfect tells the story of a young boy who is thrown into the murky, difficult realities of the adult world with far-reaching consequences.

Byron Hemmings wakes to a morning that looks like any other: But when the three of them leave home, driving into a dense summer fog, the morning takes an unmistakable turn. In one terrible moment, something happens, something completely unexpected and at odds with life as Byron understands it. While his mother seems not to have noticed, eleven-year-old Byron understands that from now on nothing can be the same.

What happened and who is to blame? Over the days and weeks that follow, Byron's perfect world is shattered.

Unable to trust his parents, he confides in his best friend, James, and together they concoct a plan. As she did in her debut, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Rachel Joyce has imagined bewitching characters who find their ordinary lives unexpectedly thrown into chaos, who learn that there are times when children must become parents to their parents, and who discover that in confronting the hard truths about their pasts, they will forge unexpected relationships that have profound and surprising impacts.

Brimming with love, forgiveness, and redemption, Perfect will cement Rachel Joyce's reputation as one of fiction's brightest talents. Praise forPerfect ';Touching, eccentric. Joyce does an inviting job of setting up these mysterious circumstances, and of drawing Byron's magical closeness with Diana. As Joyce probes the souls of Diana, Byron and Jim, she revealsslowly and deliberately, as if peeling back a delicate onion skinthe connection between the two stories, creating a poignant, searching tale.

The Oprah Magazine ';Perfect touches on class, mental illness, and the ways a psyche is formed or broken. It has the tenor of a horror film, and yet at the end, in some kind of contortionist trick, the narrative unfolds into an unexpected burst of redemption.

Perfect is the kind of book that blossoms under thoughtful examination, its slow tendencies redeemed by moments of loveliness and insight. However sad, Joyce's messagesabout the limitations of time and control, the failures of adults and the fears of children, and our responsibility for our own imprisonment and freedomhave a gentle ring of truth to them.

It is Christmas Eve. Binny has four hours to make Christmas happen and she couldn t feel less like wishing glad tidings of good will to all men least of all to Oliver.

It is raining, her house is falling apart, the streets are jammed with people and it is all Oliver s fault. Darting into a shop to escape a conversation, Binny finds herself in the sort of place she would never normally visit.

But in amongst the shelves is a surprising source of peace. Just in time for Christmas, a heartwarming holiday e-original story by Rachel Joyce, the author of the bestselling The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. It is Christmas Eve and Binny has just four hours in which to make Christmas happen for her children.

But it's raining, her house is falling apart and she's just been left by her boyfriend who has taken up with another woman. Darting into a doorway to escape an awkward conversation, Binny finds herself in the kind of shop she'd never normally visit. But in among the shelves, she finds a surprising source of peace. Rachel Joyce, internationally bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Perfect, delivers an unforgettable Christmas story of moving on from lost love, now available exclusively as an e-short.

It's Christmas Eve, and Binny has only five hours to decorate her house and fix a proper dinner.

Dropping her children off at school, she runs into town to do some last-minute shopping, yet her mind and heart are wholly elsewhere. Fighting off the sting of recent heartbreak, Binny stumbles into a small store, and in striking up conversation with the saleswoman she is suddenly overcome with memories of old friends, family, loves that have come and gone.

And in this tiny shop, in the unlikely company of a complete stranger, Binny discovers a surprising sense of peace. Includes an enthralling preview of Rachel Joyce's forthcoming novel Perfect.

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Praise for Rachel Joyce ';Perfect is a poignant and powerful book, rich with empathy and charged with beautiful, atmospheric writing. There is the unbreakable bond between mother and son, the fear of not belonging. Rachel Joyce zieht uns ins Herz der Zeit. Die Freunde Byron und James sind elf Jahre alt, als sich alles fur immer verandert. Niemand sieht das Madchen mit dem roten Fahrrad. Byron wei sofort: Er darf keinem etwas davon erzahlen. Doch in nur zwei Sekunden ist die ganze Welt aus den Fugen geraten, und er braucht James an seiner Seite.

Konnen zwei Sekunden existieren, die es vorher nicht gab? Und wird ihre perfekte Welt jemals wieder in den Takt kommen?

Eine tief beruhrende Geschichte uber Zerbrechlichkeit und Wahrheit, Freundschaft und Liebe und zwei lebenslange Sekunden. 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. Impossible to put down. He lives in a small English village with his wife, Maureen, who seems irritated by almost everything he does, even down to how he butters his toast. Little differentiates one day from the next.

Then one morning the mail arrives, and within the stack of quotidian minutiae is a letter addressed to Harold in a shaky scrawl from a woman he hasn't seen or heard from in twenty years. Queenie Hennessy is in hospice and is writing to say goodbye.

Harold pens a quick reply and, leaving Maureen to her chores, heads to the corner mailbox. But then, as happens in the very best works of fiction, Harold has a chance encounter, one that convinces him that he absolutely must deliver his message to Queenie in person. And thus begins the unlikely pilgrimage at the heart of Rachel Joyce's remarkable debut. Harold Fry is determined to walk six hundred miles from Kingsbridge to the hospice in Berwick-upon-Tweed because, he believes, as long as he walks, Queenie Hennessey will live.

Still in his yachting shoes and light coat, Harold embarks on his urgent quest across the countryside. Along the way he meets one fascinating character after another, each of whom unlocks his long-dormant spirit and sense of promise. Memories of his first dance with Maureen, his wedding day, his joy in fatherhood, come rushing back to himallowing him to also reconcile the losses and the regrets.

As for Maureen, she finds herself missing Harold for the first time in years. And then there is the unfinished business with Queenie Hennessy.

A novel of unsentimental charm, humor, and profound insight into the thoughts and feelings we all bury deep within our hearts, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry introduces Rachel Joyce as a wiseand utterly irresistiblestoryteller.

Advance praise for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry ';When it seems almost too late, Harold Fry opens his battered heart and lets the world rush in. This funny, poignant story about an ordinary man on an extraordinary journey moved and inspired me. Can we begin to live again, and live truly, as ourselves, even in middle age, when all seems ruined? Can we believe in hope when hope seems to have abandoned us?

A Novel site Edition. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: Editorial Reviews site. Joyce is great at building tension, with her prose managing to give huge weight to a menacing comment or a small mistake. She is to Perfect what Harold Fry was to Unlikely: There is the unbreakable bond between mother and son, the fear of not belonging. See all Editorial Reviews. Product details File Size: January 14, Sold by: English ASIN: Enabled X-Ray: Literary Fiction.

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site Edition Verified download. There are few books on my reading list that I don't want to put down. The best way to describe this book is to say that it flows with a 'gentle' tension, and this tension is skilfully kept up throughout. One never knows which direction the story will take, and yet, despite its constant suggestions of going down one track when it always takes another, it all holds together so well even if the characters don't always hold together mentally - while trying to keep up appearances, under pressure of exposure and blackmail and due to misunderstanding and loneliness.

Loved it! A very elegantly written piece of literature. I would give this book 4. It loses half a star because, as others have mentioned, it was slow to hook me and also because I found the dual story lines a bit uneven.

Interestingly, however, I didn't consistently prefer one story over the other. I was initially more intrigued by the two boys and the looming tragedy in their futures, but as the novel progressed, I found myself most invested in the character of Jim and anxious to get back to his present-day tale.

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This book spans forty years, but it focuses on events that occurred during a four month period in and on the happenings in one character's small life over the course of a few weeks in the present. The author does a beautiful job capturing a specific moment in time. I was not alive in and I have never been to England, but I felt as if I was there with Byron as his life derailed.

I also appreciated the way the author explores several important topics - social class, gender roles, mental health, and even a bit on racism - through the dual lenses of a boy in the last days of childhood and a survivor of electroshock therapy living with OCD, in a way that feels both natural and affecting without becoming didactic.

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As I said, this book was a slow start for me, but in the end, I couldn't put it down until I had finished.

It was well worth the time invested, and I have a feeling these characters and their stories will be with me for a long time. Highly recommended. I love the way Rachel Joyce uses lyrical language to show you the world she has created, the layers of complexity of the people she is writing about.

I read her second book first and it really inspired me to find this one and I was hooked from the start. Perfect is a beautifully balanced story of a sensitive boy who takes the burden of his family's mistakes and sorrows onto his own shoulders and spends much of his life suffering the consequences. Through the unfolding of the incident that sets him on that path and the events in the period of time some 40 years later, Joyce shows how a person's life can be profoundly affected by the way other people's actions are interpreted and acted upon.

The structure of the story itself weaves back and forth between these times until we can see the complete picture - perfectly. This book fills you with so much sadness it almost breaks your heart. And yet, in the end, there is some hope and light. Half of the narrative is written from a child's perspective, which is always deceptive in its simplicity, but which often shows more insight that adult narratives.

It always saddens me how parents can screw up their children unknowingly. The English stiff upper lip taken to exteemes is a good example of this in this book. This book is beautifully written and I'm sad to let it go. James and Byron are best chums with parents who live proper lives in proper communities and attend proper private schools. What's missing is loving parents, and in fact, James confesses to Byron that he's not even sure his mother wants him.

They both adore Byron's beautiful mother Diana, the trophy wife of a successful businessman, who sets up his family in a beautiful country estate that he comes to visit on weekends. Diana doesn't share the proper background with the other mums of Byron's school chums but tries hard to fit in.

She only mentions her mother to Byron once when she confesses that she was "a mistake. I couldn't help think it paralleled Donna Tartt's book Goldfinch where a boy's privileged life was also gutted by the loss of his mother and the absence of loving caregivers.

When I realized where the paired chapters were heading I wondered if I wanted to keep reading, but I loved Joyce's previous two books and I trusted her. The selfish "proper" people are balanced by the kind and unique friends that Jim meets who help him rise above his circumstances which is all he ever needed. This book is brilliant. Watch in your minds eye mental illness flourish and spread.

You feel the twist coming but I won't be anything that your expecting. The story is good, the dialogue is believable though unexciting. See all reviews.

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