A review by jennyjones
The Beekeeper of Aleppo, by Christy Lefteri

challenging emotional hopeful informative inspiring sad medium-paced
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


This is such a brilliant, important book which manages to so skillfully balance a gentle, beautiful writing style whilst also being incredibly hard-hitting in powerful. It didn't sugar-coat anything, but it also didn't get unnecessarily graphic in it's descriptions - it just laid out the events, and let them tell the story in their simplicity - and it was very effective. 

This story follows Nuri & Afra, a beekeeper and an artist from Syria as they flee and make their way to the UK. We hear both about their journey, and their life once they arrive and are seeking asylum. This isn't a topic that I know much about, and this book was so interesting to highlight all of the difficulties and dangers they faced (the author based a lot of the story on the stories she had heard from refugees herself). 

Within this story, we really explore trauma - how different people respond to trauma, the impact it has both physically and mentally, and how people heal from that trauma.