The Beekeeper of Aleppo

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 20/02/2020
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Quite Simply Beautiful
This book is a stunning representation of the experiences, and traumas experienced by those migrating from areas of conflict. Christy Lefteri builds on her... READ MORE
Tiegan Crisp
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Struggles of a broken family leaving a war shattered country for a 'better'life.
he story centres around Nuri who has stayed in Aleppo to look after his bees with his cousin Mustafa that was until the hives were burnt to the ground by v... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor


In the midst of war, he found love In the midst of darkness, he found courage In the midst of tragedy, he found hope.

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.

Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.

  • Publisher: Bonnier Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781838770013
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Weight: 292g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm

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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The worst and best of humanity
Only Captcha test failures could not be moved by this challenging and salient novel. The author draws on personal experiences to take the reader behind th... READ MORE
Tim Dumble
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A little ray of hope
In the tradition of The Kite Runner, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a story of suffering and the remarkable ability of the human spirit to survive against a ba... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The bee keeper of Aleppo
I found this to be an absorbing book, very relevant to our times. A very moving account of coping with tragedy and loss in war torn Aleppo, yet still havi... READ MORE
David Deakins
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Amazing read
I enjoyed this book so much.
Rutuja Ramteke
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I just didn't realize the hardships of the life of most refugees What a lovely read even with all the horrors of life
Christina Pschenyckyj
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Thought provoking..
I really enjoyed this was suggested to me by a friend...not sure I would have chosen it myself but very glad I have now read it.
Ian Philps
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
This is possibly my favourite book of all time. It gently tells the story of a family’s dangerous and emotional journey from Syria to the Uk. This true ac... READ MORE
mary osman
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Beautiful, compelling, poignant and powerful 'recent' historical fiction
It was really interesting to read about a more recent historical event, rather than those set in world war one / two. The Beekeeper of Aleppo tells the st... READ MORE
Lauren Roberts
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Worth a read
I’m saying this is worth a read because I had different opinions about this book so I had to do a little bit of research once I finished this book overall ... READ MORE
Alicia  Evans
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
5☆ An Unmissable Read!
5☆ An Unmissable Read! The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a poignant, thought provoking and highly Compelling story of courage, determination, survival, starting ... READ MORE
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A beautiful book that I couldn’t put down. A book that captivated me from the beginning, made me cry and smile in the same time. A story that for some ,i... READ MORE
Oana Karimi
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A moving story of love and courage in horrific circumstances
This is a book you'll remember forever. Beautifully written, showing the hope and love of a man and his wife in war-ridden Syria and their determination to... READ MORE
Jenny Hill
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Absolutely brilliant
Really enjoyed this book, so did my Mum and Brother.
Philippa  Pitts
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Very moving book
This was a really good read, a very enjoyable book. The characters were so engaging and the story line very moving. It made me think about the situation re... READ MORE
Linda Leach
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A brilliant, moving book that I just could not put down. A much under recognised author.
Angela Burns
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Excellent book . A story of hope , love and survival with some tender moments in the the midst of despair . Enjoyed it a lot .
Carla Alves
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Fantastic book
I was recommended this book by friends. I'm so glad that I got it. It gives you all kind of emotions reading it; sadness, happiness and joy. It is not some... READ MORE
Helen Bushby
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I read this book for the Waterstones Book Club. It is not one I would've selected for myself but that's the beauty of such groups because I was really move... READ MORE
Grace Freeman
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Just brilliant!
I bought this book having seen it was Waterstones book of the month. It’s capturing from the first page. It moved me in a way that no book has done in a lo... READ MORE
Nia ST
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Heartbreaking and beautiful. I wholeheartedly recommend this book.
“His dark thoughts came from somewhere else, as if he had already become afraid of losing everything, as if some echo from the future was reaching back and... READ MORE
Emma Pearce
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, a real 'page turner'. Atmospheric writing with authentic descriptions. I visited Aleppo & Damascus over 50 years ago. A ve... READ MORE
Sarah Constable
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Beekeeper of Aleppo
I loved this book. The 'story' of Syria is such a heart-rending one, and to read an account of what refugee's travels might really be like is something I ... READ MORE
Sarah Briggs
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I am afraid that I haven,t read the book yet. It has taken me a lot longer to finish the book I was reading. So I am looking forward to the beekeeper of Al... READ MORE
Alan Fox
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Stunning Book
What a beautifully written, harrowing story. I absolutely loved it!
Debbie Roxburgh
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I adored this book!
Told in a dual time line, this book tells the story of Nuri and his wife, Afra and their treacherous and traumatic journey from war torn Syria to England,... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Heartbreakingly beautiful
I really and honestly am urging you to read this book. It is so wonderfully written, with fully developed characters, whom I felt I knew like they were my ... READ MORE
Clara Price
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
If you care about the plight of others who through no fault of their own have suffered abominaly then read this superb account of human endurance & cruelty... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Enthralling book
I loved this book , it was compelling reading and a real eye opener . Would highly recommend.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Immensely moving
Painful and haunting in multiple places, yet the enchanting rhythm of beauty and light that Lefteri crafts from her writing also highlights the best of hum... READ MORE
Edwina Emery
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I loved it.
I adored reading this book and in fact I managed to read it in one sitting. The book tells the story of a beekeeper (Nuri) and his artist wife (Afra) as t... READ MORE
Constance Mitchell
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
I liked it alot
I LOVED EVERY PART OF THIS. I was so interested in the book from the start. It was recommended at the back of the tattoo of auschwitz book so I thought I w... READ MORE
Jaskiran Sihota
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Heart-warming story
This book was recommended to me by a family member because I've really found a love for historical fiction. This book has such a sweet story of how hard it... READ MORE
Imogen Ashford
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Beautifully Written and Reflective of Current Times
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautifully written novel on the plight of refugees, the twists and turns surrounding Sami and Afra's blindness were thought p... READ MORE
Katie Foster
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Amazing, emotional story.
The pure love between Nuri and Afra is what was highlighted to me the most. They each relied on each other emotionally and kept hope to reach Nuri’s cousin... READ MORE
Amelia Yasmeen
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Beautifully written, heartbreaking & hopeful
The beekeeper of Aleppo was follows Nuri & his wife Afra’s Journey as refugees trying to get from Syria to the UK. It is beautifully written with moments o... READ MORE
Aimee Hamilton
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Well written
I enjoyed the book but didn’t feel compelled to read it - if it wasn’t a buddy read I think it’s one that would have taken me a while to get through as I j... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
This is one of the few books I can rate 10/10. I throughly enjoyed every page I read. The story of a family seeking refuge from war and the incredible jour... READ MORE
Jade Mountain
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Heartbreaking yet hopeful
This is the first of Christy Lefteri’s book I have come across. I’m just humbled to have listened to this audiobook. I’m glad to have listened to it with m... READ MORE
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo
This book had me gripped from the start. It is one of the most beautifully heartbreaking but uplifting books I have ever read. I want everyone to experienc... READ MORE
Emma McGuinness
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Beautiful moving story
I only bought this book last Monday 13th and finished it yesterday ,which is very quick for me. It has completely changed my view of Refugees. I love bees... READ MORE
Jackie  Ashworth
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Extremely Moving
This is one of the most heart-rending yet inspirational books I have ever read. Very eye-opening and gives an astonishing insight into the tragic realities... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A Harrowing & Gruelling Journey to Safety
This is a really good book and I would put it in the category alongside Khaled Hossenin’s “A Thousand Splendid Suns”, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Half ... READ MORE
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Poignant and Compelling
A true gem of a book. Sad, harrowing, uplifting and insightful.
Gill Trott
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
The Bee Keeper of Aleppo
A heart wrenching book, but so good ! Anyone with any compassion for humanity will love it. Well written.
Maggie Barker
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Amazing plot and story
This book dragged me in with the magnificent cover and title "the beekeeper of aleppo" has such an effect on the mind and also has a nice ring to it. The w... READ MORE
Aaron  Grovell
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Heartbreak, indignance and beauty
I loved the delicacy of this novel - it simply takes you along on the characters' absorbing and perilous journey, without needing to hammer heavy messages ... READ MORE
Clare Davies
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
A wakeup call to humanity
I don't think I have to words to describe how much this book took my breath away. It was a wakeup call, a story of humanity and loss and is a book I would ... READ MORE
Katy Gower
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Love, Loss and Bees
An expedition into the fragility and resilience of human kind. Follow characters on their search for safety in this heartbreaking tale of loss and the stro... READ MORE
Zoe Woolley
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
Can see why people love it
I was intrigued about this book and eager to read it, especially after seeing the almost universal high ratings it has got. I expected a beautifully writte... READ MORE
Nickie De