The History of Bees | Maja Lunde


An ambitious debut novel that follows three generations of beekeepers from past, present, and future. The History of Bees joins their narratives into a gripping and thought provoking tale which is as much about the powerful relationships between children and parents as it is about our very relationship to the bees and to nature.

A deeply moving story of dystopia and hope, The History of Bees resonates powerfully with our most pressing environmental concerns. Moving through the past and precarious present into an uncertain future it reveals how much our existence depends on the survival of the bees.

“As a lover of honeybees and a fan of speculative fiction, I was doubly smitten by The History of Bees. Maja Lunde’s novel is an urgent reminder of how much our survival depends on those remarkable insects. It is also a gripping account of how—despite the cruellest losses—humanity may abide and individual families can heal.” Jean Hegland, author of Into the Forest.