The Beekeeper of Aleppo


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 destroyed by war, they are forced to escape.

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 the bravest of souls. Above all – and perhaps this is the hardest thing they face – they must journey to find each other again.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo, is one of the most moving and memorable books I’ve ever read and even though it’s only January, it’s going to be one of my favourite reads of 2020, I can already tell. It gives a voice to the disenfranchised and desolate and allows us a real insight into the many thousands of people across the world who are prepared to lose everything,  flee their homes to seek safety and a better life into the unknown.

The Beekeeper of Aleppo allows us an unforgettable insight into the lives of husband and wife, Nuri and Afra, whilst we see at close hand the devastating impact the war has had on their day to say lives. Aleppo is wonderfully depicted as a place full of people living their lives, busy with art, beekeeping, family life and the stunning setting that they are surrounded by. Nuri is a beekeeper and this motif holds the book together as the way that bees build their communities and the way that we do cannot avoid being compared.  All of their peace, security and love is decimated by the war and the dangerous journey to a place of safety begins.

The unforgettable Sunday Times bestseller

The characters in this book spring to life from the page and remain in your heart long after you’ve finished–  it’s impossible to close the final page of this book and  not feel a strong connection to these characters as you know that all the time you are reading it that there are thousands of Nuri and Afra right now on their own journeys and that even though this book is fictional, it is undoubtedly full of real stories that are still happening.  The power of the narrative with its simple lyrical words to convey such powerful truths is an important part of why this novel has stuck with me and why I really think that you should read it too. The book it reminds me of in terms of my engagement with it is The Kite Runner and just like that book, these characters are very much still alive in my mind and I can’t forget their emotional as well as their literal journey.

This is an important read and I can’t recommend it highly enough. A powerful insight into the reasons why people give up everything and set off into the unknown. Atticus Finch says that you can never understand a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes and I urge you to walk these miles with Nuri and Afra.

Heather Morris

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A redemptive tale of hope in the midst of shocking adversity, Irish Independent

A book of darkness and light, of horrors and hope, and of the true power of the human spirit, Culturefly

Christy Lefteri has crafted a beautiful novel, intelligent, thoughtful, and relevant. I’m recommending this book to everyone I care about. So, I’m recommending this book to you, Benjamin Zephaniah

Heartbreaking at times, this story of fear, loss and survival gives an emotionally charged insight into what life is like for refugees facing the depravity of predators and needing the compassion of strangers, Candis Magazine

she has created a convincing and harrowing novel about the will to survive- and the enduring power of loveSunday Mirror

Writer On The Shelf

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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 centre in Athens.

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