THE BEEKEEPER of ALEPPO (RandomHouse) by Christy Lefteri is an unforgettable novel which puts human faces on the Syrian war with the immigrant story of a beekeeper, his wife, and the triumph of spirit when the world becomes unrecognizable. 

Nuri is a beekeeper and Afra, his wife, is an artist. Mornings, Nuri rises early to hear the call to prayer before driving to his hives in the countryside. On weekends, Afra sells her colorful landscape paintings at the open-air market. They live a simple life, rich in family and friends, in the hills of the beautiful Syrian city of Aleppo—until the unthinkable happens. When all they love is destroyed by war, Nuri knows they have no choice except to leave their home. But escaping Syria will be no easy task: Afra has lost her sight, leaving Nuri to navigate her grief as well as a perilous journey through Turkey and Greece toward an uncertain future in Britain.

Nuri is sustained only by the knowledge that waiting for them is his cousin Mustafa, who has started an apiary in Yorkshire and is teaching fellow refugees beekeeping. As Nuri and Afra travel through a broken world, they must confront not only the pain of their own unspeakable loss but dangers that would overwhelm even the bravest souls. Above all, they must make the difficult journey back to each other, a path once so familiar yet rendered foreign by the heartache of displacement.

Moving, intimate, and beautifully written, The Beekeeper of Aleppo is a book for our times: a novel that at once reminds us that the most peaceful and ordinary lives can be utterly upended in unimaginable ways and brings a journey in faraway lands close to home, never to be forgotten.



Brought up in London, Christy Lefteri is the child of Cypriot refugees. She is a lecturer in creative writing at Brunel University. The Beekeeper of Aleppo was born out of her time working as a volunteer at a UNICEF-supported refugee center in Athens. She is the author of the novel A Watermelon, a Fish and a Bible.

Thanks to Random House we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what you know about the Syrian Refugee Crisis. Just because its out of the news, doesn’t mean its still not going on. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

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26 thoughts on “THE BEEKEEPER of ALEPPO by Christy Lefteri – SPOTLIGHT & GIVEAWAY

  1. I have loved every book I’ve read about beekeeping and historical fiction, and this sounds like a great book I would love too! Thank you for the chance!

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  2. Since the Syrian civil was began in March 2011, there has been standard of living crisis, thousands of deaths and displaced families, basically the nation is torn apart. Would love to experience this book and learn more.

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  3. The Syrian Refugee Crisis is a very sad situation that has been going on for quite a few years and still going on today.

    Thank you for the opportunity to enter

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  4. I don’t know much about the Syrian Refugee Crisis, except that it is massive and has been ongoing for way too long.


  5. It’s sad that so many families have had to flee. The pictures of the children is especially heartbreaking!


  6. This is a very sad situation arising of the civil war in Syrian. The people are suffering great losses and are in great need. Somehow the war needs to end.


  7. I don’t know a lot about the Syrian Refuge Crisis but I do know it’s a desperate situation and they need the world’s help.


  8. I know that it’s a horrible thing. That people’s lives are in danger, as is their way of life. I know, most of all, that they need help to fight back.


  9. A civil war with no end. Families suffering the death of the love ones, fleeing their land in anyway they can, oppression and divisions between many. Sad.


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