Commonwealth Book Prize 2013

The winner for the Commonwealth Book Prize 2013 was announced by John le Carré at Hay Festival on 31 May. Awarded to Lisa O’Donnell for her novel The Death of Bees, the prize’s chair Godfrey Smith praised her work for being “effortlessly fresh and original”.

O’Donnell expressed her delight:

The Death of Bees
I am incredibly proud to have won the Commonwealth Book Prize, I want to say I don’t have words to describe my joy right now, but I’m writer [sic] and I’m supposed to have plenty. It’s a huge leap for me in what seemed an impossible step. The prodigious voices I stood beside overwhelms me, so many towering stories out there. Thank you to the Commonwealth Judges for their vote of confidence – my gratitude is immeasurable.

Highly acclaimed across the media, The Death of Bees has received some great reviews in the Daily Mail, The Herald, Guardian and more.

Have you read The Death of Bees? If so, what are your thoughts?


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