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The Bee Sting – Paul Murray

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The Bee Sting – Paul Murray


Shortlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize.


Irresistibly funny, wise and thought-provoking – a tragicomic tour de force about family, fortune, and the struggle to be a good person when the world is falling apart…


The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie’s once-lucrative car business is going under – but rather than face the music, he’s spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman. His wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home. Where did it all go wrong?


A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favour to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil – can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written – is there still time to find a happy ending?



  • Author(s): Paul Murray
  • Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780241353950
  • Language: English
  • Edition: Hardback
  • Number of pages: 656



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