Magazine article New Internationalist

Telling the Bees

Magazine article New Internationalist

Telling the Bees

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Telling the Bees by Peggy Hesketh (Oneworld, ISBN 978-1-85168-987-3)

Arthur Honig (whose surname means 'honey' in German) likes life to be ordered. As such, the world of bees is perfect for him. He is full of admiration for their constancy, selflessness and dedication to the task at hand. He is a lot less comfortable with real life, with all its unpredictability, and with real relationships, which can be messy and painful. So he withdraws from human interaction as much as possible and seeks refuge among his beehives. And so things stay for seven decades.

Then one day, the murder of his neighbours, two elderly sisters known as the Bee Ladies (for they, too, keep hives) jolts Arthur back into reality and he is forced to reconsider the choices he has made throughout his life and the impact they have had both on his own and others' happiness. …

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