Monday February 24, 2020

Fame and acclaim

Writing seemed a good way for publicity-shy actor Rachel Joyce to duck the limelight, but the success of her debut novel put paid to that, writes Nadine O’Regan.

Nadine O’Regan

Arts Editor and Columnist

13th March, 2015
Rachel Joyce: ‘I edit all the time, changing what I’ve got, and when I’m stuck I jump to another bit. Picture: Feargal Ward

Rachel Joyce vividly remembers what she was doing when she discovered she had been nominated for the Booker Prize longlist for her bestselling 2012 debut novel The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. She was shopping in Marks & Spencer with her children.

“We were about to go on holidays and my son was buying fluorescent pants,” Joyce says, with an affectionate laugh. “So that’s what we were doing when we got the phone call. I’m pleased...

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