I did a mini flatlay with these two books, but not got storage space to upload, therefore it is on instagram instead.
Tell it to the bees 🐝By Fiona Shaw
This centres around a woman and her son being deserted by her husband. She subsequently starts a relationship with a woman, this was realistic in being undramatic, however the crux of my problem with book is lack of drama; I basically found it a little slow perhaps it was too nuanced for me.
The history of bees 🐝By Maja Lunde
This had narratives in 3 time eras: a past 1851, a presentish 2007 (although now recent past) and future 2098. I could not get on with 1851 narrative and ended up skipping those parts. Then 2007 narrative describes bees disappearing from hives. The 2098 is when bees have supposedly disappeared. I think the narratives did not cross reference and the only link was to show the chronological decline of bees.
2098 was dystopian which, I’m not a big fan of but, this was quite character based. This narrative started by showing humans having to painstakingly paint nectar on to flowers to pollinate. It then had the most dramatic of the three narratives.
I preferred The history of bees. However, both books were left in a Portabella charity shop rather than dragged back from Edinburgh with me. Yet 2 other books bought and read; Lullaby and The Stranger next door are in my luggage.