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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gill Hornby Narrator: Karen Cass Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781619698451
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It’s the start of another school year at St. Ambrose. While the children are busy in the classroom, their mothers are learning sharper lessons. Lessons in friendship. Lessons in betrayal. Lessons in the laws of community, the transience of power and how to get invited to lunch.

Beatrice is the undisputed queen bee: ruler, by divine right, of all school fundraising—this year, last year, and, surely, for many to come. Heather is desperate to volunteer, desperate to be noticed, desperate to belong. Georgie is desperate for a cigarette. And Rachel is watching them all, keeping her distance, but she’s soon to discover that the line between amused observer and miserable outcast is a thin one.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Brilliantly witty.”

    Lydia Netzer, author of Shine Shine Shine

  • “A lively and hilarious tale.”

    Maria Semple, author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette



  • "The Hive is Mean Girls for moms. It begins as a tart vivisection of mother culture: the invidious comparisons, the one-upping, the compliments that insult. Yet in the tradition of the best satire, which engenders a fondness for its target even as it skewers, The Hive made me fall in love with these women, each flawed and interesting, trying in her own way to be herself. You won't be able to resist picking a favorite, or casting the book from your own circle of friends (or even your book club). Escape to someone else's social snarls for a few hours, and enjoy this brilliantly witty, wonderfully warm serving of mama drama.
    Lydia Netzer, author of New York Times Notable Book of the Year Shine Shine Shine
  • With a wicked eye and a giant heart, Gill Hornby weaves a lively and hilarious tale that's pure fun. If you loved Bridget Jones's Diary and you have a child in school, The Hive is the book for you. Maria Semple, author of Where'd You Go, Bernadette
  • "The Hive maintains a healthy dose of humor within the mothers' characters. The novelist's British impersonations of the characters are hilarious ...The Hive is a refreshing read because the Brits have perfectly constructed sentences, so enviably precise...The Hive is a fun and witty read, one that everyone can relate to. As life evolves, we naturally evaluate our relationships and our contributions to them. Hornby gives us yet another fictional experience of how our relationships affect us, and how we can survive them. The Aspen Times
  • The familiar notion that a group of women behaves like a hive is developed here into an enjoyable acerbic social commentary on mean girls of all ages, lightened by touches of hen lit. Library Journal (starred review)
  • Gill Hornby's mom-edy, The Hive, is a stinger. Vanity Fair
  • Proponents of career-centered feminism, such as Leslie Bennetts, often stress the financial and other dangers of leaving the workplace. What happens to your negotiating abilities? Do political antennae grow dull? For that answer, look no further than Gill Hornby (who, for the record, has "absolutely no view" on how other women should live) and yet who has, after "a good 16, 17 years of not going out there," produced a sophisticated commercial novel about what she knows that is deeply plugged in to our zeitgeist. - The Daily Beast
  • Hornby's combining of 'the sticky stuff' and the daily ups and downs is marvelously conveyed - altogether delish. The Spectator
  • Clever and witty...Anyone who has ever found themselves picked last for games or not invited for lunch will shudder with recognition. Sunday Times (London)
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About the Author
Gill Hornby writes a column for The Telegraph and is the author of several non-fiction books. She lives in Berkshire, England with her husband and their four children.
About the Narrator

Karen Cass is a voice artist and AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator of more than thirty audiobooks.