Miss Benson's Beetle (Large Print / Library Binding)

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A Thelma and Louise meets Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand story! In 1950, Margery Benson, a school teacher and spinster, steals a pair of boots and goes on the lam to New Caledonia in search of a golden beetle she’d fantasized about since childhood. As her assistant, she hires Enid Pretty, who arrives in a tight fitting pink suit, sandals with pom poms, a mysterious red valise, and a past only slowly revealed. The beetle may or may not exist but a hilarious, plot twisting escapade/adventure unfolds, along with a most unlikely friendship and an endearing transformation of both women. A delightful, charming, eccentric read— I loved it!

— Carolyn


"A beautifully written, extraordinary quest in which two ordinary, overlooked women embark on an unlikely scientific expedition to the South Seas."--Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

From the bestselling author of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry comes an uplifting, irresistible novel about two women on a life-changing adventure, where they must risk everything, break all the rules, and discover their best selves--together.

She's going too far to go it alone.

It is 1950. London is still reeling from World War II, and Margery Benson, a schoolteacher and spinster, is trying to get through life, surviving on scraps. One day, she reaches her breaking point, abandoning her job and small existence to set out on an expedition to the other side of the world in search of her childhood obsession: an insect that may or may not exist--the golden beetle of New Caledonia. When she advertises for an assistant to accompany her, the woman she ends up with is the last person she had in mind. Fun-loving Enid Pretty in her tight-fitting pink suit and pom-pom sandals seems to attract trouble wherever she goes. But together these two British women find themselves drawn into a cross-ocean adventure that exceeds all expectations and delivers something neither of them expected to find: the transformative power of friendship.

Praise for Miss Benson's Beetle

"A hilarious jaunt into the wilderness of women's friendship and the triumph of outrageous dreams."--Kirkus Reviews

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643588636
ISBN-10: 164358863X
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Platinum Spotlight Series
Publication Date: April 1st, 2021
Pages: 500
Language: English