The book seems to have garnered a fair few good reviews and I am at a loss as to why. Absolute shit – but David has been forgiven mostly. Welcome to St Ambrose Primary School. The analogy is clever but it gets rammed home again and again. I’m sure it’s a good read for some but I need books that captivate me and are full of detail etc. One interesting thing that I walked away with was the confirmation that women are the same, no matter what part of the world they live in.
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I would have filled a book with her antics, but Hornby leaves us wanting more. What connections did you see between the mom’s actions and their kids’ actions?
Gill Hornby’s very clever: It centres around the lives of the parents who wait to collect their children at the gates of St Ambrose School, and the intricate social gameplaying that has taken root at the heart of this close-knit society-in-miniature.
She leads all the fundraising campaigns, but you’ll notice a pattern emerge. It hirnby also hammered home every now and again by way of someone keeping bees and imparting information on how they thrive. The classical drama would be another. Rachel has noticed a “newbie” mum she likes the look of, Melissa, who is tall and dark and “a study in elegance from her clean, swinging bob to her pretty ballerina pumps”.
The book is written from the third person point of view, mostly featuring Rachel at least, that’s the feeling I had but also the other protagonists. Ruler, by Divine Right, of the hive gill hornby school fundraising, this year, last year, and, There’s only room for one Queen Bee: Open Preview See a Problem?
In contrast to Heather, who desperately wants to be accepted. Ruler, by Divine Right, of all school fund-raising, this year, last year and, surely, for many years to come.
Angela Huth 25 May 9: Thanks for telling us about the problem. In addition to Rachel there are several other characters worth mentioning. We are left with the idea that this feeling is probably shared by millions of mothers at millions of school gates. Gill Hornby Reviewed by Sue Magee 4.
Rachel’s husband Chris has just left her for an intern at the hive gill hornby office, and after her marriage has fallen apart her social life starts to fall apart as well. How Calouste Gulbenkian became the richest man in the world. The main story, truth be told, is formulaic: Much of this novel, and these characters, are stereotypes, of course, but I would guess that most mothers at the school gate will know people who vaguely correspond to these types.
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Fun, easy, if fairly predictable read, but I didn’t really warm to any of the female characters. Have you ever felt like Georgie? Naming characters hove Bea and Clover and Heather. The comparison between a school full of mothers and a hive of bees was terribly unsubtle even to the point of giving the main controlling character the name Bea.
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This is a semi-satirical novel about mums at a small primary school and about the way they revolve around the “queen bee” who runs the fundraising committee. And Heather, who is none of these things: In a class of his own A. And the sexual politics are unenterprising, lesbian tea notwithstanding — suffice it to say that the new head isn’t called Mr Orchard for nothing. Site maintained by Creode. It’s about petty arguments and frivolous conflicts and a cadre of women whose lives revolve till around their children and one another and one-another’s children.
I did find it extremely compelling and couldn’t put it down although the characters were hardly sympat I came across this novel through a review in Hjve Week magazine and while the review wasn’t glowing per se, I decided to give it a go partly because of the subject matter and the author’s pedigree wife of Robert Harris and brother of Nick Hornby.