The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read: and Other Stories

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Random House, Jun 27, 2011 - Fiction - 224 pages
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A young school boy visiting his aunt's country house finds company and friendship with the gentle beekeeper and begins teaching the man to read, so that it seems nothing can ever intrude upon their closeness. A young country girl fights against becoming a downtrodden domestic skivvy like her dead mother, while another young girl reaches a delicate understanding with an elderly blind man as they walk along the beach together. On another beach a more sinister plot unfolds as a gang of boys plans the most wicked deed.

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Review: The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read: and Other Stories

User Review  - Kris McCracken - Goodreads

Subdued stories that explore loneliness and loss. Bleak. C+. Read full review

Review: The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read: and Other Stories

User Review  - Gareth - Goodreads

I picked up this book in the library thinking it was a novel and was initially disappointed to discover that it was in fact a collection of short stories. It tells of loss and although the subject ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Susan Hill is a prize-winning novelist, having been awarded the Whitbread, Somerset Maugham and John Llewelyn Rhys awards, as well as having been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. She wrote Mrs de Winter, the bestselling sequel to Rebecca, and the ghost story The Woman in Black, which was adapted for the stage and became a great success in the West End. Her books include a collection of exquisite short stories, The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read, and the highly successful crime novel series about the detective Simon Serrailler. Susan Hill lives in Gloucestershire, where she runs her own small publishing firm, Long Barn Books.

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