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Book Crush: The Bees- by Laline Paull

Updated: Jun 8, 2019

Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen.

I ain’t gunna lie to you lovelies; I love books like Hugh Hefner loved smoking jackets and creepy sex mansions. But such love cannot be contained, hence 'Book Bio's' was birthed from my obsessive spine-cracking grubby mind.

These are my favourite and best books. Books I’d sell my soul for, books I'd sell your soul for, books I'd fashion some soul-sucking machine to harvest the souls of everyone from here to Bolivia to sell for... you guessed it.

This weeks book is about's about Bees.



Date of Birth: 


Round Up:

Err… it’s about Bees. A bee called Flora 717. I ain’t kidding it’s really is about a hive of Bees, but wait…

Why it’s Great:

I hate comparing books to other books, it feels lazy, but this so reminded me of Animal Farm I couldn’t not mention it. The Bees is a study of human nature, through the prism of a hive. It punches through all sorts of themes; ingrained class structures and how it can be both an effective tool for survival but also ends up creating stagnation.

The power of hard-core faith and collective belonging and how it can bring calming certainty but the price is individual freedom.

It seems that the bees sacrifice for the hive on almost every other page. Dead bee. Dead bee. Dead bee. It’s a high drama read, and I was chomping to get to the end.

This book for me nailed the complexity of human systems, and it did it with the most alien of creatures, bees. I also learnt the fact that when boy bees have sex with a Queen, their willies fall off. So human males, really shouldn't bitch too much about having to throw a hug our way after copulation.

Best Place to Read:

A book club, the material is ripe for wine discussions.

Dinner Party Prat Fact:

The average worker bee produces only 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime. They work harder than tit-tape at the Grammys.

Best quote:

“Accept. Obey. Serve”

In a word:


This is where I'd usually check out, but the subject matter of this particular book is something I have a soft spot for. The majestic Bee.

If you've ever thrown a glance at a news program or paper, you'll probably be aware that Bees are under threat. Colony collapse disorder is destroying these cute little insects ability to survive. In the UK we've already lost 13 bee species, and further 35 are on the threatened species list.

Even if you hate creatures with tiny butt swords, without them, we're going to get hungry fast.

Here are some excellent links where you can find more information. Some of them even have free packs of flower seeds, information on how to build homes for solitary bees or how to garden in a bee safe way.


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