I have read and loved all of Rachel Joyce’s books but Mrs Benson’s Beetle by Rachel Joyce is my favourite so far. This is a girls’ own adventure set in the 1950s and featuring two unlikely friends and even more unlikely adventure heroes.
It is 1950, Margery Benson abandons her dead-end job and advertises for an assistant to accompany her on an expedition. She is going to travel to the other side of the world to search for a gold beetle that might or might not exist.
Enid Pretty, in a pink travel suit, is not the companion staid Margery had in mind. Together, however, they will be drawn into an adventure where they will risk everything, break all the rules, and after reaching the top of a red mountain, discover their best selves. Effervescent, powerful and moving, this novel with its gloriously eccentric characters explores with real insight the lives of women and the true meaning of friendship.