The Hive

The Hive

  • Paperback
By (author) Gill Hornby


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It's the start of another school year at St Ambrose. But while the children are in the classroom colouring in, their mothers are learning sharper lessons on the other side of the school gates. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power...and how to get invited to lunch. Beatrice - undisputed queen bee. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fund-raising, this year, last year and, surely, for many years to come. Heather - desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate just to belong. Georgie - desperate for a fag. And Rachel - watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one. Wickedly funny and brilliantly observed, The Hive is a fascinating and subtle story about group politics and female friendship. From the joys and perils (well, mainly perils) of the Lunch Ladder, to the military operation that is the Car Boot Sale, via the dos and don'ts of dressing your child as a Dalek, all human life is here.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 126 x 198 x 25mm | 290g
  • 24 Apr 2014
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Abacus
  • London
  • 034913930X
  • 9780349139302
  • 5,568

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Author Information

Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. The Hive is her first novel.

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Started off like a made for TV soap, unfortunately remained that way. Probably good for someone who enjoys such entertainment. I found this book very predictable and not as much fun as it could have been. Almost like the writer was playing it safe and not stretching her limits. There were places it could go that it didn't. No.....I didn't finish reading more
by Betty Halstead