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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.


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    Title
    The Death of Bees
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Lisa O'Donnell
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 304
    Width: 135 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 326 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780434021475
    ISBN 10: 0434021474
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    BISAC V2.8: FIC000000, FIC019000
    DC23: 813.6
    BIC subject category V2: FB
    Thema V1.0: FB
    Publisher
    Cornerstone
    Imprint name
    William Heinemann Ltd
    Publication date
    09 April 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Lisa O'Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. The Death of Bees is her first novel.
    Review quote
    "Vibrantly imagined novel, by turns hilarious and appalling, it's hard to resist." Daily Mail "A black comedy, mixing The Ladykillers with Irvine Welsh's The Acid House...O'Donnell adeptly balances caustic humour and compassion.." Guardian "Compelling piece of work... O'Donnell brings a freshness to her narrative, thanks to the brilliantly evoked voices of her two young female protagonists... Warm without being cosy, explicit without being shocking, and emotive without being schmaltzy, this is a powerful coming-of-age tale with a clear eye for the travails of 21st-century deprived living." The Scotsman "The Death Of Bees is compelling stuff, engaging the emotions from the first page and quickly becoming almost impossible to put down." Herald "Channelling the spirit of Joe Orton.O'Donnell cuts black comedy with a big dollop of sentiment.The Death of Bees steadily draws you into its characters' lives." -- Adrian Turpin Financial Times