'A beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths' RAYNOR WINN 'Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing. I urge you to read it' SARAH WINMAN 'The perfect escape novel for our troubled times' PATRICK GALE ____________________ It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.
Vingt ans que leurs chemins s'étaient séparés. Il a suffi d'une lettre de Queenie, lui annonçant une nouvelle capitale, pour qu'Harold Fry décide de la retrouver. Alors qu'il traverse, à pied, l'Angleterre, Queenie, de son côté, redoute les retrouvailles. Comment lui faire face ? Comment lui dire ce qu'elle cache depuis tant d'années ?
Après La lettre qui allait changer le destin d'Harold Fry arriva le mardi..., Rachel Joyce nous livre une histoire de destins manqués, tendre et bouleversante.
As read on Radio 4, seven linked stories set in the Christmas holidays - all as funny, joyous, poignant and memorable as Christmas should be:
A Faraway Smell of Lemon: The School Term has ended. It is almost Christmas but Binny, out last-minute shopping couldn't feel less like wishing glad tidings to all men. Ducking out of the rain she finds herself in the sort of shop she would never normally visit.
The Marriage Manual: Christmas Eve. Two parents endeavour to construct their son's Christmas present from a DIY kit and in the process find themselves deconstructing their marriage.
Christmas at the Airport: A glitch in the system, travellers stranded and all sorts of lives colliding in the face of a sudden birth...
The Boxing Day Ball: Maureen has never been out with the local girls before. Who knew that a disco in the Village Hall could be life-changing?
A Snow Garden: Two little boys, dumped with their divorced father for his share of the Christmas holidays and none of them with a clue how to enjoy it.
I'll Be Home for Christmas The most famous boy in the world comes home hoping to escape the madness with a normal family Christmas.
Trees: As if Christmas wasn't wearing enough, now his elderly parent is asking for a hole in the ground ... Father and son break old habits and plant a tree to mark the start of the new year.