Miss Benson's Beetle

Miss Benson's Beetle

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/04/2021
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Miss Benson's Beetle
Full of Warmth and Friendship
I truly didn't expect to adore this book as much as I did. Margery Benson had put all her hopes of discovering the Golden beetle of New Caledonia aside sin... READ MORE
Miss Benson's Beetle
Wonderful, unique and intriguing.
I read Miss Benson’s Beetle last year and I hadn’t read anything quite like it and I still haven’t to this day. Part mystery, part adventure, this story of... READ MORE


It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.  Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.

  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780552779487
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Weight: 286g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 25 mm

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Miss Benson's Beetle
All about relationships
Enjoyed this very much. In interesting insight into relationships. Sad and funny in parts.
sonia Dowse
Miss Benson's Beetle
A rollicking good adventure!
Miss Benson’s Beetle A wonderful adventure with a rather unusual mission and tough as old boots female leads. Heartwarming too!
Jonathan  Kaye
Miss Benson's Beetle
Adventurous, feminism, historical
I rate this 4.5. It took me a long time to read it mostly due to other things happening in my life, I think. This is the first of Rachel Joyce’s book that ... READ MORE
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Miss Benson's Beetle
Stick with it a brilliant read
I struggled with the first couple of chapters but wow after that I was hooked and couldn’t put it down ! A brilliant read the characters are so real and th... READ MORE
Pat Boyke
Miss Benson's Beetle
Extraordinary book
I was lent this book by a friend and enjoyed it so much that I bought copies for another friend and my 83 year old Aunt. I will probably also get a copy to... READ MORE
Lynne Cannon
Miss Benson's Beetle
A wonderful book
Looking the story line I wasn't sure I wanted to read it, and even at the beginning I had my doubts. However I really enjoyed this book and will give it ... READ MORE
Benjamin Michel