THE HIS­TORY OF BEES by Maja Lunde, Si­mon & Schus­ter.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - JB

What hap­pens when the last bee dies? We will lose not just our honey, but our chief spread­ers of pollen; soon the flow­ers will go, then trees, and then...? Lunde’s first adult novel tells a dire story of en­vi­ron­men­tal col­lapse span­ning more than two cen­turies, jump­ing be­tween three gen­er­a­tions of bee­keep­ers. In the 1850s, bi­ol­o­gist Wil­liam is plan­ning a new type of bee­hive. Ge­orge, in 2007, is wag­ing a bat­tle against the mod­ern farm­ing prac­tices blight­ing his hives. While in China, in the year 2098, a young boy dis­ap­pears and is found close to death, but the all-pow­er­ful gov­ern­ment will not return the boy to his fran­tic parents. Lunde in­ter­laces her sto­ries well and Bees has been a best-seller in Europe – a well-writ­ten novel which I fin­ished with only an ac­cept­able sense of be­ing slightly ha­rangued.

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