The Twelve Days of Christmas: THE DEATH OF BEES by Lisa O’Donnell

It’s day two of our Twelve Days of Christmas Giveaway and today Alex Christofi has chosen his perfect Christmas book to give away.  Just visit our @CBBookGroup Twitter page for your chance to win.

THE DEATH OF BEES by Lisa O’Donnell, chosen by Alex Christofi, Literary Agent at Conville & Walsh

phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg“When the New York Times first reviewed The Death of Bees, they noted that Lisa O’Donnell ‘pulls off the unusual pairing of grisly and touching.’ Unusual maybe, but the novel has won fans from tabloid journalists to prize committees with its lightning plot and dark humour.

The book begins on Christmas Eve with two sisters, 15 and 12, burying their parents in the back garden. They live on a sink estate in Glasgow, where the local ice-cream man sells drugs and violence is never far away. The third character is their elderly neighbour, Lenny, who, recently bereft of the man he loved, is keeping an eye on the two girls. So far so gritty. But even as the book pulls you in with scandal and intrigue, it begins to reveal its true gift: a humanity that extends to everyone. These characters may be unloved, down and out, immigrants or convicts, but they are people first and foremost, they feel deeply, and often they are struggling to do their best with the hand they have been dealt.

This book is not pretending to be It’s a Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol, but it does remind us that love and kindness compound themselves, and for that alone it’s worth reading before you pay the family a visit.’

For your chance to win a copy of THE DEATH OF BEES – for yourself or to giveaway – just vist our @CBBookGroup Twitter page on Tuesday 2nd December and retweet one of our tweets about the book.  The winner will be announced on Thursday 4th December- so stay tuned!

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