'An appealing and gracefully constructed work of historical fiction' Sunday Herald
'Fascinating...a real period piece with scientific rigour as its backbone' Oxford Times
'A quiet, unexpected page-turner' Lancashire Evening Post
'A joyous novel full of human interest and the wonders of the busy, complex, efficient llife that goes on in the hide' Bournemouth Daily Echo
'Superbly researched...It is a riveting story and has some poignantly tender moments' The Bookseller
'Thoughtful, beautifully written, and wonderfully tender toward its appealing characters: another impressive achievement for George' Kirkus Reviews
In 1766, at the age of fifteen, Francois Huber learns that he is going blind. As the darkness descends he sets his mind on an extraordinary scientific inquiry - into the violent and sexually competitive world of the bee. He teaches his manservant to observe in his place and together they document their astonishing findings, with extraordinary obsessiveness and insight. Set against a backdrop of the scientific and intellectual idealism of the Enlightenment, Sara George's fascinating new novel is a story of passion, knowledge and human limitations.
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