Miss Benson's Beetle

Author(s): Rachel Joyce

General Fiction

'A girl's own adventure . . . This is Rachel Joyce's best book yet . . . Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns.' The Times
'The perfect escape novel for our troubled times.' Patrick Gale
It is 1950. In a devastating moment of clarity, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a beetle that may or may not exist.

Enid Pretty, in her unlikely pink travel suit, is not the companion Margery had in mind. And yet together they will be drawn into an adventure that will exceed every expectation. They will risk everything, break all the rules, and at the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves.

This is a story that is less about what can be found than the belief it might be found; it is an intoxicating adventure story but it is also about what it means to be a woman and a tender exploration of a friendship that defies all boundaries.


A Best Book of the Year 2020 selection for Woman & Home and The Daily Mail.

What readers are saying:

***** 'It has a sense of wonder and danger, it's heart-breaking and yet wondrous too. I loved every single second.'
***** 'Thought-provoking, quirky, terribly poignant and laugh out loud funny in places. I loved it!'
***** 'A beautiful, emotional story of friendship and strength that will tug at your heart.'


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General Fields

  • : 9780552779487
  • : Transworld Publishers Limited
  • : Black Swan
  • : 0.5
  • : December 2020
  • : {"length"=>["19.8"], "width"=>["12.7"], "units"=>["Centimeters"]}
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 304
  • : 823.92
  • : en
  • : 2104
  • : Paperback
  • : Rachel Joyce