Miss Benson’s Beetle: An uplifting story of female friendship against the odds

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WINNER OF THE WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE | BEST PUBLISHED NOVEL
WOMAN & HOME BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR and A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'The perfect escape novel for our troubled times.' PATRICK GALE


It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.
Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.



'A girl's own adventure...This is Rachel Joyce's best book yet ...Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns.' THE TIMES

'Brilliant and elegant and wise...powerful and moving...I can't recommend it enough.' JOANNA CANNON

'A beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions and strengths.' RAYNOR WINN


WOMAN & HOME BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020; DAILY MAIL BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020; BOOKMARK BOOK OF THE YEAR 2020; GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR 2020

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Languages

English

File Size

4373 KB

Page Count

384 pages

Publication Date

23 July 2020

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 3 reviews

  • louise fisher

    Wonderful, life affirming.
    MISS BENSON’S BEETLE. By Rachel JoyceIf I recommended a book about a middle aged lady who hires a crazy colourful 20 something year old assistant (that she never really wanted) who together embark on a journey from London to a remote part of New Caledonia to look for a gold beetle that doesn’t exist until it is found, I am sure you would surely pass on this recommendation and say “no thank you!”Well you don’t know what a big mistake you would be making! You would miss out on a treasure of a book written by the talented Rachel Joyce (love all her books).This is not about the beetle but about the journey, as the story unfolds as to why both delightful characters need to travel this road.Margery Benson (“Don’t call me Marge, marge is a cheap butter substitute.”) is a 47 year old extremely orderly, socially awkward , frumpy spinster. Her unlikely assistant Enid Pretty is a colourful, crazy, delightful chatterbox. This unlikely twosome come together to forge a unique friendship that will melt your heart.So many secrets, heartaches, life lessons, laughs and tears as we travel together with Marge and Enid and experience so many emotions.It left me shaking my head, wondering how talented an author can be to piece together such a clever piece of writing.If you like quirky, often far fetched, magnificent research, wonderful storytelling, life lessons, then this one is for you.Loved it.

    December 8, 2021
  • jenny occleshaw

    A Travel Adventure During Lockdown
    Many readers will love and relate to Miss Benson as she struggles to fit in to a world in which she is not really the right size or shape and for which she does not have the right clothes or interests. Supported by her trusty sidekick Enid Pretty who is also battling her own demons the two women go on a wonderful voyage of discovery in more ways than one. This is an uplifting, entertaining book, told with a wry sense of humour which will have you alternately laughing out loud and then shedding a tear or two. Fantastic!

    December 8, 2021
  • kathy quinton

    A tale of following your dreams. My favourite book this year
    I Enjoyed this novel,courageous senior women takes of on her long held dream to travel into the unknown.Her companion enlivens her quest to find a rare beetle.Funny, sad ,enlightening,courageous ,delve into the quest for female empowerment.

    December 8, 2021

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