About

Lisa O’Donnell winner of The Orange Prize for New Screenwriters with her screenplay The Wedding Gift in 2000. Lisa was also nominated for the Dennis Potter New Writers Award in the same year. She moved to Los Angeles with her family in 2006, penning her first novel The Death of Bees in 2010. Published to critical acclaim by Windmill Books in 2012 The Death of Bees will be published in the US by Harper Collins January 2013. The author is very excited!!!!!!

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  1. says:

Just heard you on NPR! So excited to read the book. Congratulations!!!

  • Thanks Karina. Wrote the first page of The Death of Bees in Encanto, must have been inspired by the previous tenants love of writing. Hahahahaha! A book in those diaries for sure.

  • Congratulations, Lisa, on your book. I listened with interest to the NPR interview. You did a great job. Putting a face to you Very Lovely Accent is so nice.

    I, too, am writing a story with two teenage girls as the main characters. My handicap, though, is being a male, an old male, but I’ll have some young women point out any flaws in my dialogs.

    Liam, the Old Guy

  • Bravo, Lisa! The greatest compliment I can offer is my review at

    “Bees” will be one of my Top Ten Picks for 2013, to be published by Bookreporter.com in December.

    • Thank you so much Mr Murphy. I am so thrilled to be chosen as your Top Ten Pick and I love the review. It’s been a big week for me and an exciting one. I did the NPR interview in Rome. I was vacationing in Venice at the time. Still a bit jet lagged from it all, but look what I have come home to!!!!! It’s amazing.

  • I read all the excellent reviews at Goodreads.com so I had to come visit your site! Wish you were coming on tour to the Midwest…I’d love a signed copy! Cheers!

  • Dear Lisa,

    I received the recommendation for your novel through Goodreads, and received a sample from Amazon Kindle. After reading the sample I immediately (under-lined, bold) ordered the full download on Kindle same day. I have read nothing else for 2 days and still continuing. This, from a reader who almost exclusively reads post apocalyse (sp) literature!

    I simply love Marnie and Nelly and will hate to cross over the final words of their telling.

    It is refreshing to get away from the doldrums of “what if” to be immersed in the real-time struggle of the youth today. Even though your story takes place in Scotland, this is the “story” of challenges happening all over the world with children in jeopardy.

    I worked with an English immigrant who introduced me to the phrase “tickety boo” – what a pleasure to find in colloquially in your story! Kudos for that, love!

    I will be recommending your book to others and singing its offerings from THE ROOFTOPS, having sincerely enjoyed your tale. Do count me as one of your fledgling CONSTANT READERS (as the great Stephen King calls his drooges). Very much looking forward to your next novel.

    with much love and praise,
    Misha Turner
    Brooklyn, NY

    • Thank you Misha. What a nice email to get. I am glad you will be a constant reader, I have much more to say :) I haven’t read much Post Apocalypse literature but I did read Ashes by Ilsa J Bick recently, which is a YA book and LOVED it. Thanks again for your lovely words. I really appreciate them.

  • Holy awesomeness is this book. I have only read the first part but I know a good one when I read one (I’m a voracious reader) and THIS ROCKS!!! if I felt comfy using lots of explicative’s I would that’s how much I love this book. Lisa, I can’t wait to read more from you!!!!!!

  • Your literary highness: Bookreporter.com posted my review of “killer bees” on Amazon, as “In THE DEATH OF BEES, morbid humor borders on darkness of a total eclipse.” That blurb from the review says so much more than—yawn!—”dark humor.”

  • Read The Death of Beas after seeing a post by Amy Plum about it! and it was amazing! I was hooked in it from page, I couldn’t even guess what was going to happen! It is deffinatly a great read! This book gave me a great read for 2013 and I am so glad I decided to buy it! Thank you for writing such an amazing book! :D

  • I just finished this amazing book and I loved loved loved it. I’ve been looking for something to dive into and The Death of Bees is just what the doctor ordered. Loved your writing style and looking forward to reading more of your work.

  • The Death of Bees is a beautiful book. I finished it last night. I worried about those girls throughout my entire read. You should be very proud of yourself! Thank you and God bless. :)

  • Just finished The Death of Bees. Wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.
    I know Marnie and Nelly will stay in my thoughts for a long time.
    Thank you for a wonderful story!

  • I absolutely loved this book and will be recommending it to my book club. I read it in a day and a half. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about it! Wonderful characters….I especially lived Nelly’s choice of words. Looking forward to your next novel!!!! I’m a huge fan!

  • As with all of the above, thank you for sharing this remarkable story! I am however going crazy trying to figure the title’s meaning! Any clues?

    • It’s a metaphor. The Bees are Izzy and Gene. On page 16 Nelly becomes frantic about the bees on account of the crazy sales woman, but it’s not about the bees really, it’s about what they’ve planted in the garden. Eventually Marnie articulates her own frustration and says “I don’t know a fucking thing about the honey bees so stop asking” Marnie says “She stopped then, hasn’t mentioned the bees since, not one word, but I know she still thinks about them.” Meaning Gene and Izzy.

  • As soon as I read the “spooned him up off of the floor”, I knew I was going to love your book!

    Continue reading this site salary

    Please hurry and write another! I think you are fabulous!

  • Woohoo! The Bookreporter review reposted on Amazon now appears as “the most helpful favorable review.” Thank you for writing a phenomenal novel that was a delight to review. It will probably be on my Top Ten list this year.

  • I finished your book just a couple of minutes ago and my heart is still racing. I didn’t think the girls would get out alive! Loved Lennie and I laughed hysterically when he finally lost his marbles. Excellent story! I too heard your interview on NPR and immediately sought to find the book at my library. Marnie and Nelly will surely be hanging around with me for the next few days at least.

    • I am reading Death Of Bees at present,looking like I will LOVE it, and anything to do with Glasgow,as I am a Glaswegian living in Australia.I have just noticed a few Americanisms,(and only up to page 20),”trash” “out back” elevator”. so I decided to Google your profile,and see where you live,hence the Americanisms.

  • I just by chance picked up your book as I was running out of the library with my son and I’m so glad I did. I hadn’t even read the synopsis but something about the cover drew me in. I started the book Sunday morning not sure what to expect and ended up spending the better part of the day reading it from cover to cover.
    I fell in love with each and every quirky character and by the last page felt like I knew them all personally. I didn’t want the story to end although it ended perfectly.
    Thank you for creating such an authentic and heartfelt story. I look forward to your future writings!

  • I am reading your book for a school asignment in Socialogy of Families. I am so HAPPY that out of four books the teacher chose us to read I got to read The Death of Bees. You are defiantly a great writer. At first it was like a punishment, per say, to have to read a whole novel on top of other weekly readings the teacher assigned, now it’s like I can’t put it down!!! Thanks. And keep up the good work. A new fan, Vivian

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