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The History of Bees

(2017)
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England, 1851. William is a biologist and seed merchant, who sets out to build a new type of beehive-one that will give both him and his children honor and fame. United States, 2007. George is a beekeeper and fights an uphill battle against modern farming, but hopes that his son can be their salvation. China, 2098. Tao hand paints pollen onto the fruit trees now that the bees have long since disappeared. When Tao's young son is taken away by the authorities after a tragic accident-and is kept in the dark about his whereabouts and condition-she sets out on a grueling journey to find out what happened to him. Haunting, illuminating, and deftly written, The History of Bees joins these three very different narratives into one gripping and thought provoking story that is just as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to nature and humanity.

Genre: Literary Fiction    

"By turns devastating and hopeful, The History of Bees resonates powerfully with our most pressing environmental concerns. Following three separate but interconnected timelines, Lunde shows us the past, the present, and a terrifying future in a riveting story as complex as a honeycomb." - Bryn Greenwood

"As a lover of honeybees and a fan of speculative fiction, I was doubly smitten by The History of Bees. Maja Lunde’s novel is an urgent reminder of how much our survival depends on those remarkable insects. It is also a gripping account of how - despite the cruelest losses - humanity may abide and individual families can heal." - Jean Hegland

"I once sat sheltered while a swarm of bees the size of a house flew over me. I wish readers this same cone of isolated, humming space when they read Maja Lunde’s fine novel The History of Bees. Here is a story that is sweeping in scope but intimate in detail. Stepping lightly between a 19th century British naturalist, a contemporary Ohio bee farmer, and a determined mother in a dystopian future China, Lunde dares to imagine the chaos our rapidly changing world invites, while finding order and hope in individual acts of care." - Laura McBride

"When you think of coming to tears over a novel, a story about bee keepers and honey is not your first thought. But such is the genius of debut novelist Maja Lunde that her tale of three eras - the long past, the tenuous present and the biologically damned future - is strung on the fragile hope of the survival of bees. Without ever banging an apocalyptic drum, Lunde paints an achingly pure picture of what happens if we fail to protect the bees, our biospheric conscience, our fragile, sacred spinners of gold." - Jacquelyn Mitchard

"The History of Bees is spectacular and deeply moving. Lunde has elegantly woven together a tale of science and science fiction, dystopia and hope, and the trials of the individual and the strengths of family." - Lisa See


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Hardback Editions

December 2017 : USA Library Binding

Title: The History of Bees (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-4328-4576-4 / 978-1-4328-4576-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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September 2017 : UK Hardback
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Title: The History of Bees: The Radio 2 Bookclub selection
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-4711-6274-5 / 978-1-4711-6274-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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August 2017 : USA Hardback
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Title: The History of Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-5011-6137-7 / 978-1-5011-6137-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Paperback Editions

June 2018 : USA Paperback

Title: The History of Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-5011-6138-5 / 978-1-5011-6138-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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April 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The History of Bees: The Radio 2 Bookclub selection
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-4711-6277-X / 978-1-4711-6277-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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September 2017 : UK Paperback
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Title: The History of Bees: The Radio 2 Bookclub selection
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-4711-6275-3 / 978-1-4711-6275-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scribner UK
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August 2017 : USA Paperback
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Title: The History of Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Maja Lunde
ISBN: 1-5011-7573-4 / 978-1-5011-7573-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Touchstone
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Audio Editions

August 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The History of Bees
Author(s): Maja Lunde
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The History of Bees
Author(s): Maja Lunde
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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August 2017 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The History of Bees
Author(s): Maja Lunde
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

September 2017 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The History of Bees: The Radio 2 Bookclub selection
Author(s): Maja Lunde
Publisher: Scribner UK
Availability: Amazon UK   


August 2017 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The History of Bees: A Novel
Author(s): Maja Lunde
Publisher: Touchstone
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA