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Miss Benson's Beetle

Rachel Joyce

Published: 23rd July 2020 FICTION It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries. HARDBACK Publisher: Penguin Random House ISBN: 9780857521989
LoveMyRead price: £16.99

Our Curators said...

Radiating a zest for life and joy of the extraordinary, this book, with its unlikely female heroines, is a story to warm the soul. It’s a joyous, funny, heart-wrenching and delightful read that left me bereft when I turned the last page. I wanted to exist in its world forever.

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What the Critics are Saying

This book is far more than an unexpected adventure, it's a beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths. It made me think we all have the power to be so much more than we imagine when we cut the chains of expectation. I actually feel as if I've just lost a positive, powerful friend - I'm cut adrift, I haven't been so immersed in a novel for years

Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path

Rachel Joyce is a masterful storyteller. She has written the perfect book for these times. Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing. I urge you to read it

Sarah Winman, author of When God was a Rabbit

Rachel Joyce created an unforgettable character with Harold Fry and she's done it again with Margery Benson ... Hilarious

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