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Description - The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read by Susan Hill

The boy in The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read knows the language of books - he can read and write; the beekeeper is illiterate - but he knows the arcane names for the special tools of his trade. It's a fair exchange- the boy teaches him how to spell his name; and he teaches the boy the mysterious skills of working daily with his hands- The unspoken understanding of a gift exchanged, the death of a mother, the bonds of loyalty between sisters who will never 'tell' - Susan Hill's prose is so beautiful it can break your heart. She writes cracking dialogue, and has a unique sense of place, be it the English seaside or a seedy Russian hotel. Praise for The Service of Clouds-'The Service of Clouds contains echoes of Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse- Hill is rare among contemporary writers-a meticulous, down-to-earth and strangely beautiful novel.' The Times'Skilfully structured, seamlessly blending past and present-Hill's lean, sharp prose and consistently detached tone create a severe and rather beautiful book-that flows silkily off the page.' Independent

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780701175962
ISBN-10: 0701175966
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
Imprint: Chatto & Windus
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 3-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Susan Hill

Susan Hill is well-known to the book trade as she has run her own successful small publishing business, Longbarn Books. As well as short stories and novels (she has won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Whitbread Prize), she has written books for children, and books about the countryside and country life. She is married to the Shakespeare scholar Stanley Wells. Born in Scarborough, she lives now in Gloucestershire.

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