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Miss Benson's Beetle (Paperback)

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Paperback 416 Pages
Published: 01/04/2021
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From the author of The Music Shop, Miss Benson’s Beetle is an intoxicating tale of female friendship, courage and trust. Brimming with life, joy and gloriously unique characters, Joyce’s novel proves once again her gift as a natural storyteller.

It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. 

Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552779487
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 286 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Unmissable fiction from an award-winning author: an unlikely pair embark on a grand adventure in this glorious novel about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage. - Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

A girl's own adventure...This is Rachel Joyce's best book yet ...Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns... surely this is the one that will propel the intrepid Joyce off the long and shortlists into prizewinning territory. - Melissa Katsoulis, The Times

A joy of a novel, with real insight into the lives of women, the value of friendship and the lasting effects of war - Katy Guest, Guardian

Joyce's characters are so charmingly eccentric that they could have leapt straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Enid is a comedic masterpiece, effervescent and brimming with life. This exhilarating story will scoop you up and carry you along to a dizzying crescendo. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship and of women who refuse to be defined by the labels cast upon them in drab 1950s Britain. Funny, wise, and utterly life-affirming - Daily Express

A life-affirming, joyously escapist picaresque tale - Sunday Times

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“Full of Warmth and Friendship”

I truly didn't expect to adore this book as much as I did. Margery Benson had put all her hopes of discovering the Golden beetle of New Caledonia aside since she was a child, her life seemed to be filled with set... More

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“Wonderful, unique and intriguing.”

I read Miss Benson’s Beetle last year and I hadn’t read anything quite like it and I still haven’t to this day. Part mystery, part adventure, this story of female friendship and (you’ve guessed it) beetles, is wholly... More

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“A rollicking good adventure!”

Miss Benson’s Beetle

A wonderful adventure with a rather unusual mission and tough as old boots female leads. Heartwarming too!

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