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The International Number One Bestseller, for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Kite Runner.Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live happily in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens and they are forced to flee. But what Afra has seen is so terrible she has gone blind, and so they must embark on a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece towards an uncertain future in Britain.As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss, but dangers that would overwhelm the bravest of souls. Above all - and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face - they must journey to find each other again.Moving, powerful, compassionate and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a testament to the triumph of the human spirit. Told with deceptive simplicity, it is the kind of book that reminds us of the power of storytelling.About the AuthorBrought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a UNICEF-supported refugee centre in Athens.
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We tend to hear refugee stories in the abstract: millions of people fleeing war, poverty and persecution-words that carry no specifics.
They feel forced to flee. What Afra has seen right before their flight is so terrible she has gone blind.
This is where fiction, particularly works like THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO, comes in, to remind us of our capacity for love, empathy and hope.