A Sting in the Tale

Festivals' Book Club - April 2014

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Welcome to Festivals’ Book Club, in association with Vintage Books. Each month, we’ll be reading a different title and would love you to join us: either at our live book group in Cheltenham, or by sharing your thoughts online.

  1. We’ll announce the title on cheltenhamfestivals.com
  2. You have four weeks to read it
  3. Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply to take part in our LIVE Cheltenham group and receive a free copy of the book
  4. Like to purchase your own copy? Save 5% at Cheltenham Waterstones as a Cheltenham Festivals Member
  5. Four weeks later, read what our Book Group thought and add your own opinions and comments online

April Book Club:

A Sting in the Tale Dave Goulson

One man’s quest to save the bumblebee…

Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize 2013

In association with

[Goulson’s] book is not only enormously informative, but also hugely entertaining: its light touch and constant humour make cutting-edge research a pleasure to read about… For anyone interested in the natural world, this is essential reading.

Michael McCarthy, Independent

Take part

Thursday, April 24th at The Daily Bean, COOK, Bath Road, Cheltenham
Cheltenham Festivals Member? Apply for your free book and chance to attend.

Apply now

Can’t attend? Save 5% on this title at Waterstones Cheltenham with Cheltenham Festivals Membership.

Note from the editor

A Sting in the Tale is the story of the bumblebee and one man’s attempts to save it from extinction. Dave Goulson, lifelong wildlife enthusiast, academic, and founder of the Bumblebee Conservation Trust takes us on a journey into the extraordinary world of these creatures, describing in absorbing detail our relationship and our history with them, as well as the devastating decline of the bee population in recent years and the potential dangers that lie ahead. As well as containing groundbreaking research this is also a warm and deeply charming look at one of our most treasured creatures and a book for anyone interested in the changing world around us.
Victoria Murray-Browne, Senior Editor, Vintage Books

This isn’t one of those natural science books that simply tells you things – it admits how much we don’t know.

Mark Mason, Spectator

Dave Goulson studied biology at Oxford University and is now Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Sussex. He founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust in 2006. A Sting in the Tale was published by Jonathan Cape in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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