The Hive giveaway

The Hive coverWe all remember the girl at school who had to be the best at everything – the 'queen bee' who gathered friends (or more accurately, followers) around her, and woe betide anyone who challenged her position. But are things really any different when we reach adulthood and are standing on the other side of the school gates?

This is the premise for Gill Hornby's brilliant debut novel – a wickedly funny story about group politics, female friendship and the joys and perils of Lunch Ladders, car boot sales and the do's and don'ts of dressing your child as a Dalek.

Meet . . .
Beatrice - undisputed queen bee. Ruler by Divine Right of all school fundraising, this year, last year and, surely, for many years to come.

Heather - desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate just to belong.

Georgie - desperate for a fag.

And Rachel - watching them all, keeping her distance. But soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.


Find out more

To find out more about The Hive, you can download the first chapter now. And you can watch Gill talking about why she decided to write the book (and why she was never a Queen Bee herself)



About the author

Gill Hornby

Gill Hornby is a writer and journalist. She lives with her husband, Robert Harris, and their four children in Kintbury, Berkshire. 
The Hive is her first novel.

If you receive a copy, we do expect you to post a review or join in the discussion on the thread. 


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