398: Signed copy of award-winning novel The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell (x2)

death_beesITEM: Signed copy of award-winning debut novel The Death of Bees by Lisa O’Donnell, winner of the 2013 Commonwealth Book Prize. Two available.

SYNOPSIS: Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved.

Marnie and her little sister Nelly have always been different. Marnie leads a life of smoking, drinking and drugs; Nelly enjoys playing the violin, eating cornflakes with Coke and reading Harry Potter. But on Christmas Eve, the sisters have to join forces and put their differences aside. And when Lennie, the old guy next door, starts to get suspicious, it’s only a matter of time before their terrible secret is discovered.

“A black comedy, mixing The Ladykillers with Irvine Welsh’s The Acid House… O’Donnell adeptly balances caustic humour and compassion.” — The Guardian

BIO: Lisa O’Donnell won the Orange Screenwriting Prize in 2000 for her screenplay The Wedding Gift, and in the same year was nominated for the Dennis Potter New Screenwriters Award. Recently she took a break from screenwriting when she moved to LA with her two children. In 2013 she won the Commonwealth Book Prize for her first novel The Death of Bees.

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About Diane Shipley

Freelance journalist (books, tech, TV, health), inveterate blogger and long-time tweeter (@dianeshipley). Loves memoirs, cats, podcasts, and pictures of miniature dachshunds.

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