Rachel Joyce on how she wrote her exhilarating new novel

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Author Rachel Joyce. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Author Rachel Joyce. (Photo: Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Her latest book has stormed straight to the top of South Africa’s best-seller lists. Seems local readers just can’t get enough of Rachel Joyce’s latest offering, Miss Benson’s Beetle.

Just like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, the book that put Joyce on the map, it’s an uplifting tale of self-discovery with a huge heart that ticks all the boxes – it’s got adventure, travel and friendship, but what really stays with you is the exhilaration of seeing a woman finding the courage to be herself and follow her dreams.

The story, which is set in the 1950s, revolves around Margery Benson, a straight-laced former domestic science teacher, who travels from England to the forests of remote New Caledonia in the South Pacific in search of a mysterious gold beetle.

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