the backdrop of the scientific and intellectual idealism of the
Enlightenment, this is a novel of discovery, passion and friendship.
In 1766, at
the age of fifteen Francois Huber learns that he is going blind.
At the same time, he becomes obsessed with 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 persistence
and insight. Set against the libertarian ideals of the Enlightenment
and the dramatic and bloody events of the late eighteenth century,
it is a story of human limitations and trust.
book The Journal of Mrs Pepys was serialised on Woman's Hour and
received rave reviews - we expect the same with this novel.