Title: Miss Benson's Beetle
Authors: Joyce, Rachel
Genre: Fiction
Pages: 388
Year: 2020
Language: English
Description: There is nothing wrong with Margery Benson's imagination, it just needs to be set free, and finally at the age of 46, it is unleased! Along with assistant Enid Pretty, these unlikely companions set forth from England in 1950 on the adventure of a lifetime: to find the golden beetle of New Caledonia. Their search for this mythical insect becomes an exhilarating journey of self-discovery requiring large doses of gumption and its twin, risk-taking.

Both comedic and deeply affecting, this is a captivating story of both the power of friendship and the lasting effects of war.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"Charming, funny and sad."

"A beautifully written story of how two broken women form a deep respect and loving friendship."

"I laughed out loud at times, but there are sad parts too. The book is deeply affecting."

"Absolutely charming story, full of compassion and profound emotion."

"A positive story of strong women who find they are capable of doing great things and finding fulfilment."

"It's easy to read with believable characters."

"Great representation of colonial British attitudes."

"Two highly unlikely characters, flawed and wonderful."

Categories: Fiction, Adventure/Exploration, Feminism, Gender Issues, Grief/loss, Relationships, UK, 2022 Titles, New Caledonia


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