The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Christy Lefteri

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 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.

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Aleppo has become a kind of shorthand for human suffering and cruelty, and Christy Lefteri does not flinch from describing the hellish experiences of innocent men, women and children caught in the jaws of Syria's pitiless civil war. Can life as a fleeing refugee be any better? A hauntingly written account of choices and consequences we can only pray we never have to face ourselves.

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