Author(s): Maja Lunde
''One can easily understand the buzz ...'' Maria Årolilja Rø, Adresseavisa
''The settings portrayed in the novel are impressively visual and each character is perfectly naturally rooted in his or her own era and environment'' Janneken Øverland, Klassekampen
''Maja Lunde will reach a big audience with The History of Bees. (...) She has written a novel many will read in one go, and then sit down and think, about life, the world and the future. That is unique and it is very well done'' Annette Orre, littkritikk.no
''The History of Bees is a fascinating and brilliantly written novel that elegantly moves between the various stories and timelines'' Oddmund Hagen, Dag og Tid
The genre of 'cli-fi' in fiction refers to climate change. Maja Lunde makes a valuable contribution here. This tale pieces together three stories; past, present and future. Ostensibly they concern life, love and loss but the real issue is the history of bees. Are they history? It would seem so, and if so, like the canary in the mine, what is the implication of that for us?
It does seem obvious except that the future, viewed from the unfiltered eyes of a child, offers hope. The author, a mother of three boys, is informed by two of them that there is hope. The third child (youngest) – not so much. If the bees go (they do), what happens to us? A thoughtful book, well written and researched. The history of bees is a metaphor; if you do that, this will happen. Karma, Utu? It is a question the reader is left to think about . Recommended. Mike
This is a beautifully written history of the decline in the world’s bee population. The story cleverly weaves the narratives of three generations of bee-keepers to create a world in environmental crisis where we are exposed to the intricacies of nature and humanity. This is a thought-provoking book, which is highly recommended to those who can relate to the fluctuating joys and frustrations of family relationships or for anyone who has a curiosity about the humble bee and the role they play in our world. Kim at Matilda Bookshop
Maja Lunde is a Norwegian author and screenwriter. Lunde has written ten books for children and young adults. She has also written scripts for Norwegian television, including for the children’s series Barnas supershow (“The Children’s Super Show”), the drama series Hjem (“Home”) and the comedy series Side om Side (“Side by Side”). The History of Bees is her first novel for adults. She lives with her husband and three children in Oslo.