The new episode of Pagecast is out now! Listen to an interview with Siya Turabi on her bestselling debut novel The Last Beekeeper
More about the book!
‘I am a friend of the bees. Like you.’
‘So, you have been waiting for me?’
‘The forest has been waiting for you.’
The new episode of Pagecast, the podcast from Jonathan Ball Publishers, is out today!
In this episode, Nicola Bruns and Ingrid Klückow chat with author Siya Turabi about her debut novel The Last Beekeeper.
Turabi’s passion for writing and storytelling began early on in childhood when she read and imagined stories for her siblings. From a family of poets and storytellers, she was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and went to the United Kingdom as a two-year old with her parents. She was brought up in Manchester and moved to London to study Biochemical Engineering. After a long, winding path as a student, teacher and art therapist, she started her first novel, The Last Beekeeper, at the age of 40.
‘Reminds me of Khaled Hosseini, poignant and heartwarming … Simply a beautiful story that had me reading until 3.30 in the morning.’ – Sarah, NetGalley
Released every Monday at 7 am, Pagecast offers you insider interviews with recently published authors, looking into the process of writing, exploring the narratives within and providing you with the story behind the story.
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About the book
Pakistan, 1974: The secret-wreathed trees of Harikaya have always called to Hassan. He knows if he doesn’t find the last beekeeper and salvage a precious jar of his mythical black honey before the floods come, his mother will lose her sight.
But then he wins a scholarship to study with the state governor in Karachi amidst a brewing storm of political turmoil and simmering espionage.
His entire world is turned upside down when he meets Maryam, the governor’s niece visiting from London.
All the while the fate of his mother and his promise to the bees calls him back to the forest, and so he must decide: Maryam or the beekeeper, England or Pakistan, his head or his heart.
One of the most exciting debuts of 2021, this is a lyrical historical novel of family, friendship, and self-discovery exploring the power of choice in a changing world and love in communion with nature. Perfect for fans of Christy Lefteri, Yann Martel and Monique Roffey.