The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read : And Other Stories Paperback
by Susan Hill
A young school boy visiting his aunt's country house finds company and friendship with the gentle beekeeper and begins teaching the man to read, so that it seems nothing can ever intrude upon their closeness.
A young country girl fights against becoming a downtrodden domestic skivvy like her dead mother, while another young girl reaches a delicate understanding with an elderly blind man as they walk along the beach together.
On another beach a more sinister plot unfolds as a gang of boys plans the most wicked deed.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099458951
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Review by Finxy
More brilliance from the pen of Susan Hill. To write a short story that has any kind of resonance or emotional impact is a lot harder than it sounds. Hill delivers with nearly every story. This collection is perhaps not quite a consistent as her other anthology <b>A Bit of Singing and Dancing</b> but I can't really bring myself to give it four stars as this is still far better than most books that get four stars from me.