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The Bee Sting by Paul Murray

Irish fiction is just on fire. This book got better and better and better. The characters were so flawed and real. Oh PJ, how I love you. The plot kept winding tighter and tighter and I loved the ending, although some didn't. Read it and let me know what you think.




From the back


From one of our greatest comic novelists and the author of Skippy Dies comes a funny, thought-provoking story of one family desperately clinging on as their world falls apart . . .

'A tragicomic triumph. You won't read a sadder, truer, funnier novel this year' Guardian

The Barnes family is in trouble. Dickie's once-lucrative car business is going under - but rather than face the music, he's spending his days in the woods, building an apocalypse-proof bunker with a renegade handyman.

His wife Imelda is selling off her jewellery on eBay while their teenage daughter Cass, formerly top of her class, seems determined to binge-drink her way to her final exams. And twelve-year-old PJ is putting the final touches to his grand plan to run away from home.

Where did it all go wrong? A patch of ice on the tarmac, a casual favour to a charming stranger, a bee caught beneath a bridal veil?

Can a single moment of bad luck change the direction of a life? And if the story has already been written - is there still time to find a happy ending?


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