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The Bees

(2012)
A novel by

 
 
Awards
Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction Best Book (nominee)
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel (nominee)
The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games in this brilliantly imagined debut.

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen.

But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous.

But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable....

Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, The Bees is the story of a heroine who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world.

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Title: The Bees (Thorndike Press Large Print Core)
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Title: The Bees
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May 2014 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-233115-9 / 978-0-06-233115-1 (USA edition)
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Title: The Bees
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May 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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Title: The Bees
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Title: The Bees
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ISBN: 0-00-759889-0 / 978-0-00-759889-2 (UK edition)
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Title: The Bees
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Title: The Bees
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May 2014 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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ISBN: 0-06-234422-6 / 978-0-06-234422-9 (USA edition)
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Title: The Bees
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ISBN: 0-00-758460-1 / 978-0-00-758460-4 (UK edition)
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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ISBN: 1-4830-0408-2 / 978-1-4830-0408-2 (USA edition)
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Title: The Bees: Library Edition
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Title: The Bees
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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Title: The Bees: A Novel
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