Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times, New York Times and international bestseller The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry as well as Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop, Miss Benson’s Beetle and a collection of short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories.
Rachel’s books have been translated into thirty-six languages. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in December 2012 and shortlisted for the ‘UK Author of the Year’ 2014.
Rachel was the winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize. She has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Brontë novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.
The film of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was released in 2022 starring Jim Broadbent and Penelope Wilton.