BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK JULY 2018 Bees are like oxygen: ubiquitous, essential, and, for the most part, unseen. While we might overlook them, they lie at the heart of relationships that bind the human and natural worlds. In Buzz , the award-winning author of Feathers and The Triumph of Seeds takes us on a journey that begins 125 million years ago, when a wasp first dared to feed pollen to its young. From honeybees and bumbles to lesser-known diggers, miners, leafcutters, and masons, bees have long been central to our harvests, our mythologies, and our very existence. They´ve given us sweetness and light, the beauty of flowers, and as much as a third of the foodstuffs we eat. And, alarmingly, they are at risk of disappearing. As informative and enchanting as the waggle dance of a honeybee, Buzz shows us why all bees are wonders to celebrate and protect. Read this book and you´ll never overlook them again.
From the author of the best-selling alternate histories Gray Tide in the East and Tidal Effects comes a unique look at the American Civil War. If the North Had Won the Civil War is two alternate history novels in one. The modern story follows Stonewall Jackson ´´Jack´´ Sawyer, a history professor in the modern-day Confederate States of America, and his alternate history ´´If the North Had Won the Civil War´´ in a nation where publication of his book is a criminal offense. The story gives the listener a look at a nightmarish modern-day Confederacy where any person with a drop of black blood in his veins is denied basic human rights and confined to a ´´Preserve´´. Interwoven with the adventures of Jack, his fiancée, Annabelle Parkins, his friend and fellow history professor, Buzz Hanson, and Buzz´s girlfriend, a biracial escort, Lydia Starkwell, is Jack´s book. This is an alternate history of the Civil War written with the painstaking historical authenticity and attention to detail that Mr. Heller´s fans have come to expect. The characters in this book-within-an-audiobook are actual figures in the Civil War, and the military tactics and strategies are based on those of the historical war. The fiction is followed by a lively and informative factual discussion of the Civil War, and a bibliographic essay. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kristen S. Osborne. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/118221/bk_acx0_118221_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.