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Miss Benson's Beetle
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Rachel Joyce is the author of The Music Shop, the Sunday Times and international bestsellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, Perfect, and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, as well as the digital short story A Faraway Smell of Lemon and a story collection, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have been translated into thirty-six languages and two are in development for film. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Joyce was named the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year in December 2012 and shortlisted for the UK Author of the Year 2014. Joyce has also written more than thirty original afternoon plays and adaptations of the classics for BBC Radio 4, including all the Bronte novels. She moved to writing after a long career as an actor, performing leading roles for the RSC, the National Theatre, and Cheek by Jowl. She lives with her family in Gloucestershire.

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"[Miss Benson's Beetle] feels larger than Joyce's other books--more expansive, swashbuckling, a wild adventure. It is the best so far of her novels, and the most inspiring. . . . At the heart of the story is the slow, unlikely friendship that builds between the two women and how that friendship enables them both to grow stronger, more capable and more self-reliant. . . . There is resilience, there is redemption, and there is beauty--great beauty."--Minneapolis
Star Tribune

"I fell in love with the unlikely friendship between two wildly different women--their devotion to each other as they trek up and down mountains in someplace called New Caledonia is a hysterical delight. This novel made me realize how hungry I am for stories about women loving each other into being their best selves."--Ann Napolitano, author of Dear Edward "Miss Benson's Beetle is a pure joyride. Sweet, witty, poignant, filled with intrigue and unlikely friendship, it's a perfect escape. I loved it."--Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends "Whatever you may look for in a novel--adventure, fully realized characters, humor, poignancy, a chance to learn something new--is all here in Miss Benson's Beetle. What's also here is the particular grace and humanity that Rachel Joyce brings to her work. She reminds us that we all are broken in one way or another, but that we are capable--oftentimes in unexpected ways--of helping to make ourselves and others whole. This beautifully written novel is an absolute delight."--Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv "As ever, Rachel Joyce made me laugh out loud, then weep for the battered majesty of ordinary human beings. Two unlikely heroines, their strange love, a pitiful villain, and a life-affirming search for miraculous beauty . . . all combine in a wild, hopeful picaresque journey into the soul."--Bel Mooney, Daily Mail "It's full of humor, pathos, and insight, extolling the virtues of love, acceptance, and hard-won self-discovery--all that gleams about the human spirit. It'll capture you right at the beginning and hold you tight the whole way through. This book is a pure and serious joy."--Paula Saunders, author of The Distance Home

"For Eleanor Oliphant fans, Miss Benson's Beetle is pure gold--full of complex, memorable women, plot twists, and a deft balance of hilarity and emotion, it's a book you'll stay up late to finish."--J. Ryan Stradal, author of The Lager Queen of Minnesota

"For readers who seek escape, Miss Benson's Beetle is just right." --BookPage

"Joyce's sparkling latest pops with grit, resilience, and the power of friendship. . . . Joyce's graceful touch and cutting humor . . . give the characters a rich complexity and depth. With a plucky protagonist and plenty of action, this is a winner." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

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