The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees : Winner of the Book Sense Book of the Year and the Literature to Life Award

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Sue Monk Kidd's internationally bestselling first novel THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES has delighted many millions of readers around the world. 'Charming, funny, moving' The Times; 'A wonderful book, by turns sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four. She not only has her own memory of holding the gun, but her father's account of the event. Now fourteen, she yearns for her mother, and for forgiveness. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her father, she has only one friend: Rosaleen, a black servant whose sharp exterior hides a tender heart. South Carolina in the sixties is a place where segregation is still considered a cause worth fighting for.

When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily is compelled to act. Fugitives from justice and from Lily's harsh and unyielding father, they follow a trail left by the woman who died ten years before. Finding sanctuary in the home of three beekeeping sisters, Lily starts a journey as much about her understanding of the world, as about the mystery surrounding her mother.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 32mm | 260g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0747266832
  • 9780747266839
  • 266

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'Kidd's first novel is well placed, gentle and deeply moving' The Times The Times
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'A tale that's beautifully and movingly written' Buzz * Buzz * 'A personal favourite, one of those infectiously written books you can't get out of your mind...a lovely tale' Bookseller * Bookseller * 'Kidd's first novel is well placed, gentle and deeply moving' The Times * The Times *
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About Sue Monk Kidd

Sue Monk Kidd is the author of three novels, all of which have been international bestsellers: The Secret Life Of Bees, The Mermaid Chair and The Invention Of Wings. The Secret Life Of Bees spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, was long-listed for the Orange Prize, and was turned into an award-winning film. The Mermaid Chair and The Invention of Wings were both No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Sue is also the author of several acclaimed non-fiction books including Travelling with Pomegranates, which she co-wrote with her daughter Ann Kidd Taylor.

Sue lives in Florida with her husband Sandy.
Twitter @suemonkkidd
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970,667 ratings
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4 37% (359,446)
3 20% (190,421)
2 5% (46,370)
1 2% (17,781)

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"I love this book, it's beautifully written and had me drawn in completely. It's about friendship and family, right and wrong. I felt as though I was there as I read it and it's one book I'll always cherish. Verdict: Wonderful"show more
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