In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope
The Beekeeper of Aleppo
What will you find from his story?
Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destroyed by war, they are forced to escape. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain. On the way, Nuri is sustained by the knowledge that waiting for them is Mustafa, his cousin and business partner, who has started an apiary and is teaching fellow refugees in Yorkshire to keep bees.
As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.
Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.
Staff Review by Ben Hunter
If there was one debut novel that I had to bet money on to take off and become an international sensation in 2019, it would be The Beekeeper of Aleppo. This astonishing novel of raw unfettered emotion charts the extremities of human experience like no other.
Nuri is a beautiful soul - a passionate beekeeper and one of the last to try and make it out of Aleppo as Syria collapses into civil war. His wife, Afra, is an artist blinded by the horrors of war. This novel ebbs and flows between their death-defying escape from the conflict across the Mediterranean and the first bewildering and deeply haunted days as refugees in the south of England. How did they get there and just what has happened to damage them so much? You’ll beg for answers to these questions as this remarkable story unfolds.
I suspect you’re going to be hearing a lot about this powerful new novel, and if you’re wise you’ll be racing to get your hands on a copy (we managed to temporarily sell out of this one before it even hit the shelves). I won’t go into any further detail except to say that the acts of love and unbridled kindness in times of darkness in this book will rock you to your core. Read it. You’ll see I’m not exaggerating.
About the Author
Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a Unicef supported refugee centre in Athens.
'This is a novel of international significance. Courageous, provocative, haunting, it will open our eyes.' - Heather Morris, author of The Tattooist of Auschwitz