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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.
"Hill can evoke a setting, convey the essence of a situation and let one see into the inmost hearts of her character in a paragraph or even a single sentence" -- Francis King * Spectator *
"Hill's sentences speak eloquently...the pleasure to be had from [these] stories lies in their carefulness: memories are exactly sustained, small gifts are valued, little words are listened to" * Guardian *
"Hill's stories evoke place, situation and complex emotions with enviable economy... Masterly" * Daily Mail *
"Simple and mesmeric prose" * Observer *
"These very strange, beautiful tales demonstrate a relentless capacity to surprise... The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read introduces many individual people who will continue to stare back at the reader long after the book is closed" * Times Literary Supplement *
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 3rd June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.1 x 20.5 x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1