Felicia's Journey

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Felicia's Journey
Felicia's Journey.jpg
First edition
AuthorWilliam Trevor
PublisherViking Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages240 pp.
Preceded byTwo Lives 
Followed byDeath in Summer 

Felicia's Journey is a novel written by Irish author William Trevor, first published by Viking Press in 1994. The novel was made into a 1999 film of the same name.

The book won the Whitbread Prize and The Sunday Express Book of the Year in 1994.[1]

Plot summary[edit]

The plot follows eighteen-year-old Felicia, a poor provincial Irish girl, who was made pregnant and abandoned by Johnny Lysaght, a young man who is supposedly working in the English Midlands. Felicia's father believes Johnny has run off to join the British army. As Felicia journeys to the Midlands in search of the father of her unborn child, she meets with mild-mannered Mr Hilditch, a catering manager at a factory who, unknown to her, is a serial killer in search of loitering young girls.


Publishers Weekly in a starred review stated the novel "is a thriller lifted to the level of high art, and it should win Trevor many new admirers."[2] Kirkus Reviews, also in a starred review, noted that "Trevor's combination of the pathological and the lyrical transcends mere genre fiction: He's a master still exploring the possibilities of his craft."[3] The Independent said "for all its residual lyricism, it leaves a sour taste."[4]


  1. ^ McGrath, Patrick (1 January 1995). "Never Did Spinder More Hungrily Wait". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  2. ^ "Felicia's Journey". Publishers Weekly. 1 January 1995. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  3. ^ "FELICIA'S JOURNEY". Kirkus Reviews. 1 January 1995. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  4. ^ Haughton, Hugh (27 August 1994). "BOOK REVIEW / Fear of a serial consumer: 'Felicia's Journey - William Trevor: Viking, 15 pounds". The Independent. Retrieved 15 March 2021.