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The History of Bees - Maja Lunde

The History of Bees - Maja Lunde
The History of Bees - Maja LundeThe History of Bees - Maja LundeThe History of Bees - Maja LundeThe History of Bees - Maja Lunde

Title: The History of Bees

Author:  Maja Lunde

ISBN:  9781471162749

Weight:  767g

Signed first edition, first printing



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The History of Bees by Maja Lunde

In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees – and to their children and one another – against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.

England, 1851.  William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive – one that will give both him and his children honour and fame.

United States, 2007.  George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation.

China, 2098.  Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared.  When Tao’s young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident – and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition – she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him.

Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

Peer & Press Reviews

Spectacular and deeply moving.  Lunde has elegantly woven together a tale of science and science fiction, dystopia and hope, and the trials of the individual and the strengths of family.

Lisa See, author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

Maja Lunde will reach a big audience with The History of Bees.  She has written a novel many will read in one go, and then sit down and think, about life, the world and the future.  That is unique and it is very well done.

Annette Orre, Littkritikk (Norway)

As a lover of honeybees and a fan of speculative fiction, I was doubly smitten by The History of Bees.  Maja Lunde’s novel is an urgent reminder of how much our survival depends on those remarkable insects.  It is also a gripping account of how – despite the cruelest losses – humanity may abide and individual families can heal.

Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title: The History of Bees
Book Features
Edition / printing: First edition, first printing
Overall condition: Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed: On the title page
Awards and Media
Book Club listing: Featured on Radio 2 Book Club (Monday 18 September 2017)
Book Stats
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Imprint: Scribner
Publication date:
Printed by: CPI (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13: 9781471162749
ISBN 10: 1471162745
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages: 337
Size (h x w x d): 241 x 162 x 29mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph: Oda Berby
Jacket design: Jack Smyth S&S Art Dept
Jacket images: Shutterstock

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