The Bees (Paperback)
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The Bees (Paperback)

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Shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction 2015 Longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize for New Fiction 2015 Enter a whole new world, in this thrilling debut novel set entirely within a beehive. Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable ...Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, 'The Bees' is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007557745

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When I first picked this up, I thought it would be a difficult read, that there was no way I could identify with bees, or picture them all as individuals. However, this book is so well written, it took just a couple... More

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18th February 2015
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“A stunning read.”

Follow Flora, a sanitation bee - the lowest on the hierarchy within the hive. Watch her triumph against adversity, to work her way through some of the ranks and break away from the norm.

I found this book awkward to... More

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22nd March 2015
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“A wonderful book!”

Flora 717 is a bee, and this is her story.

Once you read this book, you’ll never be able to think about bees and insects and garden life in the same way again…

This novel kept me glued to the page; I did not... More

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