The Boy Who Taught the Beekeeper to Read by Susan Hill {Book Review}

I found this book at the library and I chose it for the title.

I really thought it was going to be something out of the ordinary, maybe even something life changing. Turns out it was a book with a collection of several short stories.

I try reading short stories from time to time but one thing I’ve found myself thinking each time is that some stories need a proper novel to leave a memorable impression.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: A book with the word “Bee” in the title
Originally published: 2003

Pages: 224
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

A new collection of short stories by Susan Hill. 

A young school boy visiting his aunt’s country house finds company and friendship with the gentle beekeeper and begins teaching the man to read, so that it seems nothing can ever intrude upon their closeness. 

A young country girl fights against becoming a downtrodden domestic skivvy like her dead mother, while another young girl reaches a delicate understanding with an elderly blind man as they walk along the beach together. 

On another beach a more sinister plot unfolds as a gang of boys plans the most wicked deed.


All the short stories were good and all revolve around a form of loss. Some beautiful places in the stories to lose yourself in and other places deprive you of hope altogether.

They all end in a sad way which was becoming a little over the top and somewhat predictable after reading the first few, and that really set a bit of a gloomy tone on the book.

If anything, only the first story of the book really left me emotional while the others flowed into each other towards the end.

Maybe if some of these stories had been turned into novels instead, they would’ve had great potential.


It’s a good collection of stories, although it might not be a good timing to read them if you’ve recently experienced any troubled events.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.13 on GoodReads. I gave it a 3.

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