Daniel Jeffreys

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Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Graduating year: 2020


Daniel migrated to storytelling from banking, enjoying success as the BBC’s Economics Editor, New York Correspondent for BBC World News and the Daily Mail, Magazines Editor at the South China Morning Post and editor-in-chief of Quintessentially Asia. In 2010, he launched deluxewords, a niche communications agency that represents famous European brands in China. He has written five books, including America’s Back Porch, a memoir that was described in The Guardian as ‘a most exquisitely served morsel of post-modern Americana.’ Four of his non-fiction stories have been optioned by movie producers. The Bee King is his first novel.


In 1941, distinguished bee scientist Pierre Lamballe sets out from rural Normandy to find his son Rémi, an accomplished French artist and chess player who is missing in action after the battle of the Ardennes. In Paris, renowned hotelier Sandrine Lamballe reluctantly agrees to join the search for her younger brother, jeopardising her treatment for schizophrenia. As the hunt for Rémi becomes desperate and surreal, Pierre is compelled to join a secret Abwehr mission to save Germany’s bees from a plague of parasites, while Sandrine, beset by her own demons, is pulled into a circle of dissident Wehrmacht officers determined to launch a coup. Told in the voices of Pierre and Sandrine, The Bee King draws its protagonists into the machinery of the Holocaust, leaving both to survive as best they can.

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