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September's Under The Covers Book

Get cosy with our community of book lovers! 

We've partnered with Bloomsbury Publishing to celebrate our shared love of cosy nights in with some of the most exciting female writers and their topical page turners. Every month we'll highlight one of our favourite new books that we can all dive into together. Sign up for the newsletter below for exclusive discounts, updates, interviews with the authors, reader reviews and much more!

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September's book of the month
HERE IS THE BEEHIVE, Sarah Crossnan

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.

BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS

1.       “You couldn’t leave because my pain didn’t matter” 
How does the author illustrate Ana's pain and grief at the start of the novel?

2.       “I miss the freckles on your shoulders,
The wispy tufts of hair there
And the clean, soapy smell of you” 
How do these sensual experiences interact with memory?

3.       “pinching
pinching
pinching”
Why do you think the author uses repetition? What impact does this have? Have you noticed any other motifs or tropes used by the author?

4.       “I have been reading the same paragraph for two weeks” 
Is it relevant that Ana is reading Anna Karenina? Are there other references in the novel that might be considered symbolic?

5.       “I dance again,
drink,
barrel against clubbers until the bouncer throws me
out” 
Do you enjoy the narrative style of the novel? How is the experience different – or similar - to reading prose? 

6.       What are your thoughts on finishing Here is the Beehive? How did you feel about Ana throughout the book? What is the significance of the title?

 

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