The Secret Life of Bees

The Secret Life of Bees

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2003
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Bookseller Reviews

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The Secret Life of Bees
Predictable but still enjoyable
Whilst the overall plot may have been predictable it's the writing style that takes this book to a whole new level. Beautifully paced, the story takes it's... READ MORE
Sarah in Wolverhampton

Synopsis

· A QUEEN'S READING ROOM PICK 2023

· OVER 125 WEEKS ON THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST

· MADE INTO AN AWARD-WINNING MOVE STARRING QUEEN LATIFAH, DAKOTA FANNING, ALICIA KEYS, SOPHIE OKONEDO AND JENNIFER HUDSON

· AN ACCLAIMED STAGE MUSICAL

Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four years old. Now, at fourteen, she yearns for forgiveness and a mother's love. Living on a peach farm in South Carolina with her harsh and unforgiving father, she has only one friend, Rosaleen, a black servant.

When racial tension explodes one summer afternoon, and Rosaleen is arrested and beaten, Lily chooses to flee with her. Fugitives from justice, the pair 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.

'A wonderful book, by turns sad, full of incident and shot through with grown-up magic reminiscent of Joanne Harris' Daily Telegraph

'Charming, funny, moving' The Times

'Wonderfully written, powerful, poignant . . . read it' Joanna Trollope

What readers are saying about The Secret Life of Bees:

'One of themost poignant and heart tugging books I have ever read' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'Emotional and heart-breaking, yet full of hope and love. I laughed and cried equally through the book. This wonderful book will stay with me for a long time to come' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'One of the best booksI've read in a while. Touching, well-written, beautiful, full of expression, insightful' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

'A beautifully written masterpiece. I loved the writing, the descriptions, the humour sprinkled through the story. There was sadness and love, hope and forgiveness. I highly recommend this book' ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9780747266839
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 269g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 26 mm

Customer Reviews

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The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
An engaging book which would fill up a Sunday afternoon with a nice warm feeling. Worth the read.
Fiona Sharp
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Choosing a book that sustains the interest of a class of 16-year olds for several months is no easy task. And with a title like this you know you're in for... READ MORE
tim howe
The Secret Life of Bees
fantastic
I read this book in one sitting and found it a warm, engaging, unassuming story. The narrative invites the reader into the lives of lily and the sisters sh... READ MORE
emmielou
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
This has been one of the best reads for me in a long time - and the one I've most recommended to friends, family and anyone else I've come across. It deals... READ MORE
Amanda Hyatt
The Secret Life of Bees
Don't keep this book a secret!
This book was chosen as my book clubs choice for the month. Reading the description I wasn't sure if it was for me. But after just pages I was captivated b... READ MORE
Timothy Buckle
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Set in the 1960's US in a time of racial tensions Lily narrates her coming of age tale. Lily flees her abusive father and the police with her nanny Rosalee... READ MORE
Annette Dunlea
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Lily has grown up believing she accidentally killed her mother when she was four years old and at fourteen, lives with her father, a man who shows her no l... READ MORE
Toni Abram
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
An Amazing book. Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down. I love Lily and Rosaleen. At First you hate T.Ray but later on you will grow t... READ MORE
Christopher Billington
The Secret Life of Bees
A warm hearted coming-of-age novel
I found this book very warm-hearted, moving and uplifting. It's a book to keep and read again, as it was so enjoyable. The main characters Lily and Rosale... READ MORE
Brenda
The Secret Life of Bees
Shout it loud and proud...DO NOT KEEP IT A SECRET!
Admittedly I originally bought this novel because the film version had pleased me so thoroughly, something that I don't like to admit largely due to the fa... READ MORE
bookfanatic
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
I read this a long time ago and have wanted to read it again so I bought it. Originally I chose it because I used to keep honey bees and I like them but I... READ MORE
Jessica Allen
The Secret Life of Bees
Bittersweet Treat
This is a poignant coming-of-age story that deals with some profound issues - domestic abuse, the nature of motherhood, the corrosive effects of guilt, the... READ MORE
Little Jasmine Flower
The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
This is such an amazing story! Learning about the sisters, getting to know the main character, Lily, understanding what happened to her mother, and even le... READ MORE
Ruby Musselle
The Secret Life of Bees
Stunning
Wow - what a beautiful book. I read and enjoyed The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd last year, but The Secret Life of Bees had something special that mad... READ MORE
Gemma Nokes
The Secret Life of Bees
A book I cannot stop reading!
I cannot remember the last time I ever read a book more than once let alone four times! I don’t know how Kidd has managed to write a book that made me cry,... READ MORE
hanna gentry
The Secret Life of Bees
Excellent
An absolute classic everyone should consider reading at least once in their lifes
Katarzyna Litowczuk

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