The Beekeeper's Pupil by Sara George

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In 1766, at the age of 15, Francois Huber learns that he is going blind. As the darkness descends, he sets his mind on an extraordinary scientific inquiry into the violent and sexually competitive world of the bee. He teaches his manservant to observe in his place and together they document their astonishing findings, with extraordinary obsessiveness and insight. Set against a backdrop of the scientific and intellectual idealism of the Enlightenment, Sara George's fascinating new novel is a story of passion, knowledge, and human limitations.
 

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Sara George is the award-winning author of the acclaimed THE JOURNAL OF MRS PEPYS, which was serialised on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour. She lives in London.
 
Published September 1, 2002 by Headline Book Publishing. 320 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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George subtly uses their scientific efforts to show Monsieur imparting life lessons about patience and meticulousness to the young manservant, promoted to secretary after his careful reflections prove as invaluable as his eyes.

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