Little Bee

Little Bee

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Millions of people have read, discussed, debated, cried, and cheered with Little Bee. Have you?

"Little Bee will blow you away." --The Washington Post

The lives of a sixteen-year-old Nigerian orphan and a well-off Briti
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 141 x 216 x 21mm | 286g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1416589643
  • 9781416589648
  • 5,525

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"...[an] immensely readable and moving second novel... The character and voice of Little Bee reveal Cleave at his finest... An affecting story of human triumph." -- New York Times Book Review
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...[an] immensely readable and moving second novel... The character and voice of Little Bee reveal Cleave at his finest... An affecting story of human triumph. -- New York Times Book Review
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About Chris Cleave

Cleave, Chris
Chris Cleave is the author of Everyone Brave is Forgiven, Gold, Incendiary, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in London, England. Visit him at or on Twitter @ChrisCleave.
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Rating details

234,151 ratings
3.72 out of 5 stars
5 23% (53,692)
4 39% (91,341)
3 27% (63,859)
2 8% (19,281)
1 3% (5,978)

Our customer reviews

I am amazed to see that this novel has a negative review. It is wonderful book, brought me to tears. As a mother , the narrative of the little boy is heart renching. However, as a woman , all the other emotions felt by the main female character are touchable , believable and moving. A wonderful novel .show more
by philippa clarke
Like others, I bought this novel based on its blurb which to me, promised mystery or at the very least, an extraordinary tale. Unfortunately, the text failed to deliver either of the above and I found myself reading a simply written, ordinary story about a young Nigerian refugee who crosses paths with a well-meaning but useless British mother. The pace of the text is slow, with few revelations and not enough substance to keep you flicking through the more
by Jessica Farquhar
We don't want to tell you what happens in this book. It is a truly special story and we don't want to spoil it. Nevertheless, you need to know enough to buy it so we will just say this: This is the story of two women. Their lives collide one fateful day, and one of them has to make a terrible choice. Two years later, they meet again -- the story starts there...Once you have read it, you'll want to tell your friends about it. When you do, please don't tell them what happens either. The magic is in how it unfolds. -Product Description- The product description made me buy it, I have to say most people probably thought the same thing - INTERESTING-. It was a slow start at first three chapters. You'll be mystified as how the 2 main characters lives had crossed paths when they live thousands of miles away from each other. A story of a Little Bee, a teenage Nigerian refugee and a British magazine Editor, Sarah collided one fateful day in an African beach. The consequences left them empty, hopeful, loved and in the end devastated. Powerful and stunning, thought provoking. It covers relevant, true issues such as depression, suicide, asylum seekers and what they have to endure. It will make your heart ache and wishing that Little Bee will be able to find a place of her own to call more
by R.D-Diaz
Little Bee, where do I begin! It is one of those books that you need to pick up without knowing anything about it. So I won't say too brings to heart all the confusion and disaster that surrounds the western world but comparatively uses the pain and confusion from a less fortunate country. Ultimately making you think and readjust your thought processes. Truly a beautiful read and I would recommend to everybody!show more
by Chelsea Skals
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