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The Beekeeper of Aleppo

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  226 ratings  ·  119 reviews
In the midst of war, he found love
In the midst of darkness, he found courage
In the midst of tragedy, he found hope

The Beekeeper of Aleppo

What will you find from his story?

Nuri is a beekeeper; his wife, Afra, an artist. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo - until the unthinkable happens. When all they care for is destr
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published May 2nd 2019 by Bonnier Zaffre
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Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“Refugees didn’t just escape a place. They had to escape a thousand memories until they’d put enough time and distance between them and their misery, to wake to a better day.”
― Nadia Hashimi, When the Moon is Low

Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, Syria, his wife Afra an artist - of course this was before the war that was to tear their lives apart, and in which they suffered the most unbearable loss. In addition, this loss left Afra blind. Prior to the war, they’d lived a simple but happy life amon
Sue Frances
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Review to follow nearer publication day.
Helen (TBC)
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
4.5 - 5 stars

Haunting, topical and Important
Before the troubles Nuri and his Wife had a wonderful life, simple but rich in the best of ways; Nuri was a bee keeper, his wife was an artist and his young son was a child who loved to play and read and make up stories. Then the bombs hit, ISIS take over and in fear for their lives they flee to be with his cousin and business partner in Britain.

The book is beautifully written and the plot weaves between their arrival in Britain to be processed for a
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haunting novel set on the refugee route across EUROPE

The Beekeeper of Aleppo is said to be one of the books to really look out for in 2019. It is easy to see why. It is a haunting and emotional story of one refugee family’s journey from Aleppo in Syria to the UK.

The book opens with Nuri and his wife, Afra, in bed and breakfast accommodation on the South Coast of England. We know they have made the journey safely as they wait for their asylum claim to be processed. We then switch back to the star
Mike Sumner
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Nuri and Afra Ibrahim. A beekeeper and an artist. Gentle folk who live in the beautiful city of Aleppo. Nuri and his cousin Mustafa have a thriving business harvesting honey from a multitude of bee colonies. Until the devastating day when someone burned and destroyed their hives, bees left dead on the ground. As war spreads in Syria, Aleppo burns. Tragedies beset both families, children killed in the bombing. Mustafa and his wife Dahab flee. Nuri knows he must too, but his wife ha
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Nuri and Afra live in Syria and have a lovely normal life until war breaks out. Nuri is a beekeeper, Afra an artist, and they live with their son Sami in the east of the city. Bombs rain down on the city and tragedy strikes as their young son is killed in one of the raids.

They have no choice but to escape the country and follow their friends and leave the country. From war-torn Aleppo, through Turkey and Greece, they eventually make it to London where they claim
Alayne Emmett
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it had wonderful descriptions which brought alive the characters and the places which we unfortunately have seen on the media.
The description of the refugee camps were amazing and also very accurate from reports we have read about.
This was an easy book to read with short chapters so you raced through it very quickly.
Karen Whittard
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I cannot even begin to imagine what these poor people have gone through. It’s not simply enough to escape a place like that. But to leave with all those haunting memories, and heartbreak. Is just unbelievable. The strength that these people have is just remarkable. Such brave and strong people. I think that everyone should read this book. Especially the people opposed to any refugees. Because if they can just walk a mile through these peoples lives even if it is just through the pages of the boo ...more
Susan Hampson
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
This is an extremely moving story about ordinary people being caught up and emotionally destroyed in the consequences of war. Set in both Syria and the UK it is one family’s story that overlaps with other families and friends that have experienced similar devastation.
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is Nuri who was in partnership with his cousin Mustafa, they lived quite an idyllic peaceful life at one with nature. Afra, Nuri’s wife was an artist and they had a small son Sami. When war came it was brutal
Jill Dobbe
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A sad and beautiful read that carried me along on the emotional and harrowing journey of a Syrian beekeeper and his wife who lost everything in the war. This book is filled with the reality of loss and despair, but it is also a story of friendship, hope and love.

The author writes from her own experiences working with Syrian refugees in Athens, Greece. She heard their stories and felt their sorrows and losses in her heart, resulting in this genuine account. Lefteri is gifted in writing with passi
Fern Adams
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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The Beekeeper of Aleppo follows the story of husband and wife Nuri and Afra who worked as a beekeeper and an artist in Aleppo, Syria before war forced them to leave the city and become refugees as they are smuggled into Europe.

This novel while filled with loss, despair and war is beautifully written. There are sentences throughout which from a literature point of view really stand out. The plot too is haunting and heartbreaking at times. This is a story that needs telling. Definitely a book tha
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a beautiful, haunting novel that captivated me for two days as I made my way from Wellington to Napier in New Zealand. As I read it, I couldn't help but be conscious of how privileged I am. My entry to New Zealand from Australia was merely a matter of producing my passport, (and I have two that I can choose from), and my journey by rail and road was simply a matter of buying tickets and arriving at my destination safe and sound. For the central characters in this compe ...more
Janet Newport
Thank you NetGalley and Random House Publishing / Ballentine Books for this arc.

This was a heart-achingly slow read for me, but yet a WONDERFUL read.

This is the story of Nuri and Afra, Syrian refugees / asylum seekers. Their losses were total and unimaginable. Their journey to England horrific. The physical, emotional and mental deprecations were near total. And yet, the found the determination to struggle on and complete their journey.

Just gut-wrenching and well worth the hours and hours it to
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is a fabulous book. It tells the story of Nuri and Afra who eventually leave Aleppo in Syria and attempt the journey to the UK to meet their cousin Mustafa. They have lost everything, their home, their work, their son and Afra has even lost her sight. Yet they don't really want to go. They want to stay in their familiar place, their home town. But when Nuri is threatened by terrorists, they no longer have a choice. They must leave.

The book mostly details their journey. It skips between past
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nuri and Afra are Syrian refugees. They had a beautiful life, Nuri a beekeeper, Afra an artist, with their son Sami – before the atrocities commenced. Following the death of Sami in a bomb attack, and with Afra blind, they eventually decide to follow their friends and leave the country.

This is the story of their journey, from war-torn Aleppo, through Greece, eventually making it to London where they make their claim for asylum.

A sad yet beautifully crafted story, with characters to be cared abou
Eve K
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
Emotional leftist propaganda. Go away.
Stacey Bene
Apr 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book from Ballantine Books and I could not be happier that it crossed my path. While this book was about Syrian refugees fleeing war, it focused more on the relationships of those living with loss and uncertainty. The author didn’t sugarcoat what the fleeing couple experienced on their journey, which I think made the story seem very legitimate.

I have volunteered with refugees in Cleveland, Ohio. These were the lucky ones who made it to safety. They were at the end of th
Annie Long
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've worked to cultivate an open mind all my life. This author enable me to expand to a new level. It's a perfect exercise in the instructions to his daughter, Scout from Atticus Finch. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view - until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

When I received the ARC of The Beekeeper of Aleppo, I was out of books and due to the library, so I began reading it right away. I was immediately gripped and then fascinat
Haley Renee The Caffeinated Reader
This book is everything that a modern day work of literature should be. Lefteri has used a heartbreaking time in history to give us this amazing novel; today, the present. Nuri was a beekeeper in Aleppo, but the tragedy of Syria's civil war has led him and his wife Afra to flee, there is nothing but heartache in Aleppo and Syria, but their journey is long and fraught with peril and the things that today's society turns its eyes from, refugee camps and the situations of the countries that lead to ...more
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book I finished over the bank holiday weekend that delivers loss and hope in equal measures.
It follows the journey Afra and Nuri as they escape war torn Aleppo and hope for a future in England, it’s represents their struggle but doesn’t lay in it, it instead shows the endurance of the characters and the people who just want to find a place of physical and emotional peace.
It’s really touching and I would highly recommend it.
rina dunn
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

My review: I'm probably using the wrong phrase when I say I enjoy these books but this book is beyond beautiful.

The story follows the Journey of Nuri, a beekeeper and his Wife Afra as they travel across Turkey and Greece to The UK where they are seeking asylum due to the unrest and war that's ravaging their country Syria.

Told from Nuri's perspective the plot is split into before they left Syria when himself and his Cousin ran a Beekeeping business and His Families Journey to the UK after the un
Stephanie(yuqing) Lin
This book left me speechless- so wonderfully written, especially in capturing such a traumatic and tragic experience and war which forced them to flee.
The story, although is fictional, was able to really captivate a realistic and daunting story of the struggles Nuri and Afra, his wife had endured, escaping their once now destroyed country that was once a place of happiness, joy, and more. Now, they are among the thousands and the mass-displacement of Syrian Refugees fleeing from the current Civ
Headinabook (Mandy)
Nuri and Afra have lost everything dear to them, their son, their home, their job and their country. They have no choice but to flee war-torn Aleppo. This book follows their story from Turkey to Greece and finally England where they claim asylum.
With the clever use of a single word within each chapter, the author seamlessly weaves from accounts of what is taking place in England to flashbacks recounting their life in Syria and the struggles they faced along their journey.
It is hard to imagine wh
Becca Adams
May 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story. This book is going to stay with me a long time! This story is about Nuri & Afra who live in the city of Aleppo in Syria with their son Sammi. Nuri is a beekeeper with his cousin Mustafa. As the war breaks out and Mustafas son is killed, he goes and joins his wife and daughter in England and urges Nuri and his family to follow. Afra doesn’t want to leave Syria it’s her home, but one day a bomb drops outside her house, Sami dies and she goes blind. Then the rebel’s thre ...more
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story needs to be told, and it is beautifully told, but the subject matter is difficult to read. The author spent some time working in refugee camps and you can tell that she has carried out meticulous first-hand research and this lends the narrator a voice of authenticity.

The non-chronological telling of the story and the enigmatic nature of some of the characters give us a sense of the confusion of refugees throughout their journey.

I loved the quirky, unusual format of a word on one pag
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This story was tragic, hopeful, and oh so very topical! The story follows Nuri and Afra, a Syrian couple, as they travel to England as refugees seeking asylum. We find out about their life in Syria and their journey interspersed with what is currently happening in England as they prepare and follow the process to seek asylum. In the author's note she said, "I wanted to set forth the idea that among profound, unsp ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Thank You to NetGalley, Christy Lefteri and the publisher Bonnier Zaffre for letting me read thia book.

I am not sure what to make of this read. It was good, interesting and powerful but I found it hard to get into the first time and had to start it again. Having done that I still found it an awkward read, I think this might of been because the chapters were really long and the story seemed to go on and on aand on without many breaks and the chapters were long. Despite all of this it was a good
Doris Vandruff
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nuri is in heaven. He has always wanted to be a beekeeper. Now in Aleppo his dream has come true. His cousin, Mustafa and he have a successful business raising bees, cultivating the honey, and discovering new ways to implement honey in everyday items. Happiness abounds, families are happy, their in paradise. Then with the flash of bombings and the war, everything is destroyed. Both families lose their sons. They are forced to immigrate to the United Kingdom.
The trials, heartbreak, trauma of min
Gail Atkins
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful and moving story centred around a Syrian couple. Beekeepers in Aleepo but they are forced to leave their home after a bomb kills their only child and destroys everything they have.
We travel with them through their escape, at different camps and we hear of the plights of the other refugees.
This book does not glorify the refugees camps, some of the descriptions is left up to the readers imagination.
An excellently written book regarding the atrosotites of modern day warfare.
Alfred Nobile
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful heart wrenching story .
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Christy Lefteri was born in London in 1980 to Greek Cypriot parents who moved to London in 1974 during the Turkish invasion. She completed a degree in English and a Masters in creative writing at Brunel University. She taught English to foreign students and then became a secondary school teacher before leaving to pursue a PhD and to write. She is also studying to become a psychotherapist.