The Death of Bees (Paperback)
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DescriptionThis is the winner of the commonwealth book prize 2013. 'I'm Marnie. Too young to smoke, too young to drink, too young to fuck, but who would have stopped me?' Hazlehurst housing estate, Glasgow, Christmas Eve 2010. Fifteen-year-old Marnie and her little sister Nelly have just finished burying their parents in the back garden. Only Marnie and Nelly know how they got there. Lennie, the old guy next door, has taken a sudden interest in his two young neighbours and is keeping a close eye on them. He soon realises that the girls are all alone, and need his help - or does he need theirs? As the year ends and another begins, the sisters' friends, their neighbours, and the authorities - not to mention the local drug dealer, who's been sniffing around for their father - gradually start to ask questions. And as one lie leads to another, darker secrets about Marnie's family come to light, making things even more complicated. Written with fierce sympathy and beautiful precision, The Death of Bees is an enchanting and grimly comic tale of three lost souls who, unable to answer for themselves, can answer only for each other.
- Published: 09 April 2012
- Format: Paperback 304 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780434021475 ISBN 10: 0434021474
- Sales rank: 260,516
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Reviews for The Death of Bees
this book is mad....i loved it!
crazy story about about life of teenage girls, a little absurdist at times but so enjoyable and very much tongue-in-cheek. This book is a great commentary on society. maybe not for the faint hearted but if you can handle seriously bad language, violence (including sexual violence) and ice cream men sleeping with underage girls then give it a go. by Caoimhe Bannon