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Peggy Hesketh is a journalist and author. Her short story 'A Madness of Two' was selected by Elizabeth George for inclusion in her anthology Two of the Deadliest. Peggy currently teaches writing and rhetoric at the University of California. Telling the Bees is her first novel.
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‘Telling the Bees’ is an original, contemplative, little gem of a book. As you read, try not to overthink, try to stop your thoughts from rushing to and fro and just let the words and feelings evoked wash over you. Peggy Hesketh has created an unusual main character, if described by someone who didn't know better, who didn't know the inner workings of his mind, Albert might be called uninteresting. Bees feature actively in this tale, Albert’s ability to converse with people, most often directly relates to his connection with and understanding of his hives. Each chapter starts with an extract of information about bees, there is a delicate link between these descriptions and the story. This novel emotes a gentleness and thoughtfulness, the real wonder though, lies in the piercing bite that it skilfully delivers to your consciousness. ~ Liz Robinson