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Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play.She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.

Genres: Literary Fiction
New and upcoming books
March 2025

The Homemade God
Harold Fry
   1. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012)
   2. The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (2014)
   3. Maureen (2022)
     aka Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North
   Perfect (2013)
   The Music Shop (2017)
   Miss Benson's Beetle (2020)
   The Homemade God (2025)
   A Snow Garden (2015)
Novellas and Short Stories
Rachel Joyce recommends
Clear (2024)
Carys Davies
"An exquisite, hopeful masterpiece ... my favorite book of 2024 and probably many more years to come."
Held (2023)
Anne Michaels
"I was blown away by the scale, beauty, weave and thinking of this book . . . It dances with words, time and ideas in a way that seems to reinvent everything I know about the novel . . . and it's such a transporting read too. It's exquisite - I am in awe."
Earth's the Right Place for Love (2023)
Elizabeth Berg
"This is a compassionate, witty, and delicate story about the people who find themselves on the sidelines and yet who manage - despite losses of their own - to be true to themselves and find their way. It's a celebration of small communities and the small kindnesses that, bit by bit, change a life."

More recommendations 

Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book nominee (2012) : The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

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