Miss Benson's Beetle

Author(s): Rachel Joyce

General Fiction

Margery Benson's life ended the day her father walked out of his study and never came back. Forty years later, abandoning a dull job, she advertises for an assistant. The successful candidate is to accompany Margery on an expedition to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist. Enid Pretty is not who she had in mind. But together they will find themselves drawn into an adventure that exceeds all Margery's expectations, eventually finding new life at the top of a red mountain.

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 and it is also a tender exploration of a friendship between two unforgettable women that defies all boundaries.  



Miss Benson is a frumpy spinster who is constantly ridiculed by her students for being a little odd. When things take a turn for the worst, Miss Benson decides to venture forth and explore her childhood dream of finding a most delightful and rare beetle. Miss Bensons’ Beetle is an offbeat quirky historical adventure set in 1950. It is a sweet celebration of flawed humans, an exploration that brings the odd bods together to form an unlikely, charming and enduring friendship across the southern seas into the wilds of Caledonia. When travel is out of the question for the time being, Miss Bensons’ Beetle is the perfect landlocked winter read. Kim


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General Fields

  • : 9780857521996
  • : Transworld Publishers Limited
  • : Doubleday UK
  • : 0.468
  • : February 2020
  • : 3.1 Centimeters X 15.5 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters
  • : July 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : 823.92
  • : English
  • : Jun-20
  • : Paperback
  • : Rachel Joyce