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Miss Benson's Beetle By Rachel Joyce

Miss Benson's Beetle
by Rachel Joyce

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'Brilliant and elegant and wise...powerful and moving...I can't recommend it enough.' JOANNA CANNON

'A beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths' RAYNOR WINN

'Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing.

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Miss Benson's Beetle Summary


Miss Benson's Beetle: An uplifting and redemptive story of a glorious female friendship against the odds by Rachel Joyce

'Brilliant and elegant and wise...powerful and moving...I can't recommend it enough.' JOANNA CANNON

'A beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths' RAYNOR WINN

'Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing. I urge you to read it' SARAH WINMAN

'The perfect escape novel for our troubled times' PATRICK GALE

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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.

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Miss Benson's Beetle Reviews


BEST BOOKS FOR SUMMER 2020: uplifting * Stylist *
Rachel Joyce created an unforgettable character with Harold Fry and she's done it again with Margery Benson ... Hilarious * Good Housekeeping *
A clear-eyed, unsparing view of regret, failure, loss, & the cost that life exacts from so many, countered with a belief in the resilience of human spirit & the possibility of second chances. -- Stephanie Merritt * Observer *
An enchanting story of friendship and self-discovery * Scottish Herald *
I greatly enjoyed this warm and charming novel about one of the most ill-matched companions in comic literature. The heroically intellectual, ungainly, unsociable Margery and the barely literate, flighty, charming, crazy Enid are both brave in very different yet ultimately compatible ways. Their adventures both on board ship and in New Caledonia read like EF Benson's Mapp and Lucia rewritten by the gentler pen of Barbara Pym * Amanda Craig, author of The Golden Rule *
I've loved Rachel's writing since Harold's canvas shoes. Miss Benson's Beetle is just as brilliant and elegant and wise. It's also powerful and moving and I can't recommend it enough * Joanna Cannon *
I loved The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, but Miss Benson's Beetle is even better. The characters have a richness and depth that drew me into their story immediately. And what characters! 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 *
Miss Benson's Beetle is the perfect escape novel for our troubled times, about a woman in emotional, professional and physical lockdown who breaks free to reclaim her true self. It's as funny and nourishing as a classic Ealing comedy, as feminist as your formidable great-aunt * Patrick Gale, author of Notes from an Exhibition *
Rachel Joyce has cornered the market in bittersweet novels about elderly eccentrics that both prick and comfort the reader -- Claire Allfree * Daily Mail *

About Rachel Joyce


Rachel Joyce is the author of the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, The Music Shop and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rachel was awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards 'New Writer of the Year' in December 2012 and shortlisted for the 'UK Author of the Year' 2014.

Rachel has also written over twenty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre and Cheek by Jowl.

She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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NGR9780857521989
Miss Benson's Beetle: An uplifting and redemptive story of a glorious female friendship against the odds by Rachel Joyce
Rachel Joyce
New
Hardback
Transworld Publishers Ltd
2020-07-23
400
0857521985
9780857521989
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