The History of Bees


By Maja Lunde

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In the spirit of Station Eleven and Never Let Me Go, this dazzling and ambitious literary debut follows three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future, weaving a spellbinding story of their relationship to the bees – and to their children and one another-against the backdrop of an urgent, global crisis.


03 Mar 2018

What a great novel. It has 3 parts, past, present and future, so it's part historical, part contemporary and part sci fi/post apocalyptic but they're told concurrently and consider life with and without bees thus highlighting their necessity. There's a real environmental message in there that is hopefully not (but could well be) prophetic. As well as finding it an interesting story that runs along quite quickly I also learned lots about bees and beekeeping. It's an easy to read, well told story that I'll be recommending to friends

05 Sep 2017


I thought this was a really interesting book, moving between three different times and locations, each centered around the role of bees. Fascinating, and scary at times, as it paints a future without bees. It was also an interesting insight into relationships between generations.

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