Our book club pick for May is the unusual and insightful The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder by Sarah J. Harris, a story that explores what it is to be 'normal' and the impacts of synaesthesia and face-blindness (prosopagnosia).
Jasper is 13 years old and isn’t like the other boys his age. His synaesthesia paints his world in fantastical colours specific to every sound and word he hears. Then there’s his face-blindness, which prevents him from recognising anyone’s face: not his father’s, not his own, and certainly not which of the boys in identical school uniforms are bullies and which are friends.
But Jasper has seen a new colour, one that he’s never seen before: the colour of murder. He knows something has happened to his neighbour, Bee Larkham, but no-one else seems to be taking it as seriously as they should be – and Jasper can’t quite remember what happened in the kitchen, with the
knife and the screams.
As he struggles to get to the bottom of the mystery, including his own role in Bee’s murder, someone out there is determined to stop him...
"A great protagonist... A must-read book for 2018" Stylist
"Hotly anticipated debuts of 2018" Red
"One to look out for" Observer
Sarah J. Harris is an author and freelance education journalist who regularly writes for national newspapers. She became fascinated by synaesthesia and face-blindness during her work as a journalist. She lives in London with her husband and two young children.
The Colour of Bee Larkham's Murder is published by HarperFiction and is available online and from all good booksellers. All our free copies have now been allocated. If you do receive one, we need you to add your questions and comments for Sarah to this thread by the end of May.
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