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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448129270
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 23

The Boy Who Taught The Beekeeper To Read (Storycuts)


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A beautiful and nuanced tale of friendship and solitude.

Beekeeper and odd job man Mart May is befriended by a curious and lonely boy whilst tending to errands around the prestigious home of Lady Burnett. As the two begin to bond, the boy, James, discovers the secret of Mart's illiteracy and - startled and concerned - takes on the task of teaching his reluctant subject to read and write. Yet when the summer holidays end, the isolated world in which the characters have grown close is broken by a return to the normality of routine and convention.

Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448129270
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 23

About the Author

Susan Hill

Susan Hill has been a professional writer for over fifty years. Her books have won awards and prizes including the Whitbread, the John Llewellyn Rhys and the Somerset Maugham, and have been shortlisted for the Booker. She was awarded a CBE in the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Honours. Her novels include Strange Meeting, I’m the King of the Castle, In the Springtime of the Year and A Kind Man. She has also published autobiographical works and collections of short stories as well as the Simon Serrailler series of crime novels. The play of her ghost story The Woman in Black has been running in London’s West End since 1988. She has two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk.

www.susanhill.org.uk

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