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Here is the Beehive: 'An adult tale of love, betrayal and loss' Guardian

Sarah Crossan

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Bloomsbury
01 September 2020
Poetry by individual poets; Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
'A triumph - crackling with psychological and sexual ambiguity' JULIE MYERSON, OBSERVER 'This book is just sublime... I loved every page' CAITRIONA BALFE 'Unmissable ... Incredible' STYLIST 'Amazing ... I read it in one sitting, completely swept up in Ana's fragmented narrative' EMMA HEALEY 'Dark, riveting, powerful' ELIZABETH DAY Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years. In hotel rooms and coffee shops, swiftly deleted texts and briefly snatched weekends, they have built a world with none but the two of them in it.

But then the unimaginable happens, and Ana finds herself alone, trapped inside her secret.

How can we lose someone the world never knew was ours? How do we grieve for something no one else can ever find out? In her desperate bid for answers, Ana seeks out the shadowy figure who has always stood just beyond her reach - Connor's wife Rebecca.

Peeling away the layers of two overlapping marriages, Here is the Beehive is a devastating excavation of risk, obsession and loss.
By:   Sarah Crossan
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm, 
Weight:   312g
ISBN:   9781526619518
ISBN 10:   1526619512
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   01 September 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sarah Crossan has lived in Dublin, London and New York, and now lives in Hertfordshire. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy and Literature before training as an English and drama teacher at the University of Cambridge. Crossan is the current Laureate na nOg (Ireland's Children's Literature Laureate). Here is the Beehive is her first novel for adults. sarahcrossan.com @SarahCrossan

Reviews for Here is the Beehive: 'An adult tale of love, betrayal and loss' Guardian

Amazing ... I absolutely love the form, which breathes new life into a familiar story making it both more elegant and more brutal. I read it in one sitting, completely swept up in Ana's fragmented narrative -- EMMA HEALEY Brilliant ... An adult tale of love, betrayal and loss * GUARDIAN, Biggest Books of the Autumn * Excellent ... An eviscerating account of modern marriage * INDEPENDENT.CO.UK * Sex, work and motherhood all come under the microscope in this vivid portrait of the agony of being the other woman * DAILY MAIL * This lyrical account of an adulterous affair and its brutal aftermath is all the more effective and affecting for the spare, sparse style and I expect it to win as many awards as Sarah Crossan's YA fiction has done * RED * A riveting tale of infidelity and obsession, told in verse form. Perfect for the staycation sunlounger -- ELIZABETH DAY * YOU * A gripping, voyeuristic read that gallops along * IRISH TIMES * I absolutely gobbled it up: dark, riveting, powerful ... Delivers on a whole new level -- ELIZABETH DAY A stunner * GOOD HOUSEKEEPING * Raw, emotional and wistful * WOMAN & HOME * I read this stunning book standing up in two hours. An eviscerating take on marriage and adultery -- ERIN KELLY A beautifully crafted sucker punch of a read. Sarah Crossan has always had an exquisite way with words and in this she uses poetic prose to craft an honest and oftentimes gritty exploration of two intertwined marriages, slowly unravelling. Painfully believable, passionate and occasionally heartbreaking, Here is the Beehive provides further proof that Sarah Crossan is an infinitely gifted writer. We're lucky to have her -- JAN CARSON We can't recommend this enough * TAKE A BREAK * A searing portrait of addictive love and grief and the devastation human beings can wreak on each other ... It is an addictive read, painful, unsettling, full of uncomfortable truths, yet the work itself resounds with its own unique bleak beauty -- LISA HARDING Devastatingly honest, heartbreaking and tender ... This is the most extraordinary novel I have read in years in form, ambition and scope - an incredible achievement and an instant classic. I will read it again and again -- JANE CASEY Here is the Beehive is an unflinching take on the destructive power of obsessive love. It is also a highly original study of the grief that dare not speak its name - the grief of the other woman -- CHRISTINE DWYER HICKEY Raw and emotional, it reminds us what it is to be human and imperfect * WOMAN'S WAY * I couldn't put it down. I just loved it. The prose is clean yet rich, her dialogue ear-perfect -- LOUISE KENNEDY How does she get so much emotion into so few words? Sarah Crossan is a miracle worker ... Utterly meaningful, original and accomplished -- SINEAD CROWLEY PRAISE FOR SARAH CROSSAN: 'One of our most original writers. Sarah has almost created an entirely new form of writing in her novels that is hers and hers alone -- JOHN BOYNE Compelling and beautifully wrought * SUNDAY TIMES * The princess of pacing ... Crossan always finds humour and humanity in the darkness; it's impossible not to read it in a single gulp * THE TIMES * Truly remarkable * IRISH TIMES * There are familiar flavours and notes and moments of powerful sweetness, but she complicates them with such power and subtlety, in a way that doesn't alienate the reader. The tang of fire is in there, always, leaving a unique aftertaste. You wouldn't mistake it for any other writer, and you won't soon forget it -- DEIRDRE SULLIVAN Utterly sublime -- CECELIA AHERN


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