.1. Who was your favourite character?
This is a difficult question! It'd have to be either Maureen or Harold, also Queenie is such a great character, the things she did for Harold. She wasn't a main character though so I'll have to go with either Harold or Maureen. I didn't like Maureen a lot at the start of the book but she grew on me as the book progressed and she changed her behaviour (though most of her behaviour made somewhat sense to me). I liked Harold too, he seemed like an interesting, nice gentleman. The way he talks with a lot of people during his journey and tries to help them as they help him, I thought that was really nice.2. Was there a particular part you enjoyed more than the rest?
I enjoyed the first part of Harold's walk more, because I loved the descriptions of the countryside. However, I liked Maureen better in the second part of the book, she became more likeable and started to be more active.3. Was this the first book you've read in this genre/ by this author, has it encouraged you to read more?
It's the first book I've read by this author. I've added Perfect
to my wishlist, it's not out yet in paperback but I like the sound of it and I love the author's writing in The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
.4. Were there any parts/ideas you struggled with?
I struggled a bit with the added fame of Harold and all the other pilgrims who joined him. This wasn't what I imagined would happen! However once I read a bit more I accepted it and moved on. The people did add to the storyline. I also thought that it might've been better if the truth about David had been revealed slightly earlier in the story, the behaviour of some of the characters might've made more sense to me then. However in a way it's also nice that it's done this late in the book, because things make sense from then on, it's kind of a big plot twist (imo), one I didn't see coming.5. Overall, was reading the book an enjoyable experience?
It was very enjoyable! I really loved the writing and the descriptions of the countryside, it made the walk come alive for me (if that makes sense). I also loved reading about Harold, Maureen, David and Queenie, their past, thoughts and feelings.6. How important do you think the girl in the garage was?
I think she was important but if it hadn't been her than maybe someone else had said something or maybe Harold would've decided it by himself.7. Why do you think strangers who met Harold wanted to help him?
Imo, it was very nice of them to help him. Personally, I think I'd help too (provided it doesn't cost me too much energy etc) though there are a lot of people out there these days who wouldn't. Why they would want to help him, I'm not sure. I'd like to think from the goodness/kindness of their hearts (that's how it'd work for me). Generally people who help others, are happier and feel better about themselves. That may have been a motive too, perhaps.8. Are there any morals to be drawn from the other "pilgrims" who joined Harold?
Not everyone who seems kind, can be trusted. Some of them turned against Harold, one nicked things, another decided to do things in a different way, go in a different direction, etc. People might still do their own thing and be selfish.9. Did he help Queenie in the end at all?
I like to believe she hung on for him, though whether that's a good thing or not.. her existence didn't seem to include more than just that, existing. However, I like to think she knew Harold came by and did this for her, I like to think that that's one of her last happy thoughts before she passed away.10. Was Harold's Pilgrimage all in vain ?
No, I don't believe so. He and Maureen were much closer by the end of the book, his walk in a way healed them both and made them realise how much they care for each other. Also, it may have made Queenie happy.
My paperback copy has some questions at the end of the book for book clubs, if you like I can post them but I don't want to take anything away from you as the host. I like your questions more to be honest