Imprint:Bond Street Books
Dimensions:9.25in x 6.15 x 0.95 in | 0.88 lb
Page Count:352 pages
UNFORGETTABLE PROTAGONISTS: Margery and Enid are a hilarious, charming and utterly irresistable pair.
PERFECT FOR BOOK CLUBS: Adventure, self discovery, friendship, starting over—all wonderful themes worthy of lengthy discussion.
INTERNATIONAL EXCITEMENT: With the adventure/travel aspect of this book, we and Rachel’s international team feel this is the best thing she’s done since Harold, and in some ways better.
COMMITMENT TO AUTHOR: We have been with Rachel Joyce since her explosive debut and are committed to publishing her with the energy and enthusiasm her quirky and imaginative work deserves. Unlikely Pilgrimage is *the* comp for this category, and we know Rachel always does it best.
PARTNERS: We are publishing with Transworld (UK), who will publish before us (as they always do) and we can leverage the UK reception of the book, as well as The Dial Press (US), who are committed to relaunching her for the US readership with this one.
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A DAILY MAIL AND GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WILBUR SMITH ADVENTURE WRITING PRIZE
"[Miss Benson's Beetle] pops with grit, resilience, and the power of friendship. . . . During [Margery and Enid's] travels in New Caledonia, each woman faces uncomfortable truths about herself and the other, and both eschew traditional women's expectations in their own way to celebrate their true selves. 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)
"Rachel Joyce is a great chronicler of journeys and quests, and the one that her protagonist Margery Benson undergoes here . . . is as delicately and exquisitely portrayed as in her other books." —The Guardian
"[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
"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." —The Daily Mail
"A hilarious jaunt into the wilderness of women’s friendship and the triumph of outrageous dreams." —Kirkus Reviews
"Exciting, moving and full of unexpected turns . . . This is Rachel Joyce’s best book yet." —The Times (UK)
"Joyce's characters are so charmingly eccentric that they could have leapt straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Enid is a comedic masterpiece, effervescent and brimming with life. This exhilarating story will scoop you up and carry you along to a dizzying crescendo. But it is also a story of an unlikely friendship and of women who refuse to be defined by the labels cast upon them. . . . Funny, wise, and utterly life-affirming." —Daily Express
"Rachel Joyce created an unforgettable character with Harold Fry and she's done it again with Margery Benson. . . . Hilarious." —Good Housekeeping
"A glorious novel about second chances, heartfelt friendships and emotional courage." —Daily Mirror
"A life-affirming joyously escapist picturesque tale." —The Sunday Times
"A clear-eyed, unsparing view of regret, failure, loss, and the cost that life exacts from so many, countered with a belief in the resilience of human spirit and the possibility of second chances." —Observer
"Miss Benson's Beetle balances the light—including comic moments that highlight the discrepancies between stolid Margery and flighty Enid—with the dark, such as Margery's trauma-filled youth. . . . Margery finds human connection she didn't know she was missing and, through that connection, a deeper purpose in life. . . . For readers who seek escape, Miss Benson’s Beetle is just right." —BookPage
"Miss Benson's Beetle is an absolute joy—a wild, funny, and breathlessly exciting adventure story that's also a moving and beautifully drawn portrait of an improbable female friendship in a world still emerging from the trauma of two world wars. Joyce writes about Margery and Enid with such tenderness and compassion, such wisdom and humour, weaving an irresistible tale of frailty and strength, curiosity and courage, grief and hope." —Carys Davies, author of West
"I've loved Rachel's writing since Harold's canvas shoes. Miss Benson’s Beetle is just as brilliant and elegant and wise. It's also powerful and moving and I can't recommend it enough." —Joanna Cannon, author of The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
"Miss Benson's Beetle is a pure joyride. Sweet, witty, poignant, filled with intrigue and unlikely friendship, it's a perfect escape." —Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends
"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
"So fast-paced and fun it'll make you remember why you loved reading in the first place. Miss Benson’s Beetle has everything: adventure, mystery, and the greatest, most unlikely friendship, all rendered in some of the most beautiful, enchanting prose you'll ever read. 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. This book is a pure and serious joy.” —Paula Saunders, author of The Distance Home
“A beautiful portrayal of female friendship in all its frailties, contradictions, and strengths.” —Raynor Winn, author of The Salt Path
"I fell in love with the unlikely friendship between two wildly different women, Enid Pretty and Margery Benson—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. Many thanks to Rachel Joyce for writing one." —Ann Napolitano, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Edward
"A beautifully written, extraordinary quest in which two ordinary, overlooked women embark on an unlikely scientific expedition to the South Seas. A classic tale of gripping adventure and friendship, told from the subversive and often hilarious female view." —Helen Simonson, New York Times bestselling author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
"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. . . . This beautifully written novel is an absolute delight." —Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv
"Bursting with the irrepressible wonder that is quintessential Rachel Joyce. Miss Benson's Beetle is. . . . Radiant, transporting, idiosyncratic, tender and shimmeringly alive. The master of charm and delight." —Keggie Carew, author of Dadland
"Rachel Joyce is a masterful storyteller. She has written the perfect book for these times. Funny, perceptive and life-enhancing." —Sarah Winman, author of When God was a Rabbit
"Wonderful characters that I will not forget in a hurry. . . . This book will take you on the adventure of a lifetime. I loved every second." —Favel Parrett, author of Past the Shallows
"Enthralling, amazing. . . . Any reader accompanying Rachel Joyce on this exhilarating expedition into the far reaches of the imagination is destined to be rewarded with the richest pleasure." —David Park, author of The Light of Amsterdam