Today we’re celebrating twenty years of The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, when Mary Russell was introduced to the world and her “author” (or—editor?) Laurie R. King encountered the joys and madness of a fan community. Yes, I’m talking about you guys.
Today also marks the sale date for the gorgeous new Picador hardback:
The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Twentieth Anniversary Edition:
There’s a fresh new LRK foreword, a fresh correction of a few stray typos, and a fresh new cover that makes you just want to run your hand all up and down it for a while.
(…and isn’t this cover a whole lot better than the original proposed one the pair nearly got saddled with?
Oh, shudder! There’s other cover art here from Beekeeper’s history, here.)
But this one is new! It’s shiny! It’s so very cool! This is a book to give your teenagers, to suggest to your library, to use as bathtub reading—replacing that tattered and dangerously swollen paperback edition you’ve had for fifteen years, perhaps. (The 20th Anniversary edition is also available in a paperback, if you prefer, but where’s the fun in that?)
If you’d like a signed copy, you can order one through Bookshop Santa Cruz, here.
And through Poisoned Pen Bookstore, here.
Or unsigned through:
Oh, a whole new era for lovers of Russell & Holmes. Thank you, Picador books. And thank you, readers, for making Picador believe that enough people might like a hardback version to justify a brand new edition, twenty years on.