We have compiled a great list of book titles for you. They range from good simple beginners beekeeping books, to extensive scientific journals or antique rare vintage books. Have a read!

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The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
The Secret Life of Bees – Novel SB

In Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, 14-year-old Lily Owen, neglected by her father and isolated on their Georgia peach farm, spends hours imagining a blissful infancy when she was loved and nurtured by her mother, Deborah, whom she barely remembers. These consoling fantasies are her heart’s answer to the family story that as a child, in unclear circumstances, Lily accidentally shot and killed her mother.

All Lily has left of Deborah is a strange image of a Black Madonna, with the words “Tiburon, South Carolina” scrawled on the back. The search for a mother, and the need to mother oneself, are crucial elements in this well-written coming-of-age story set in the early 1960s against a background of racial violence and unrest.

When Lily’s beloved nanny, Rosaleen, manages to insult a group of angry white men on her way to register to vote and has to skip town, Lily takes the opportunity to go with her, fleeing to the only place she can think of–Tiburon, South Carolina–determined to find out more about her dead mother.

The Secret Life of Bees is a carefully crafted novel with an inspired depiction of character. The legend of the Black Madonna and the brave, kind, peculiar women who perpetuate Lily’s story dominate the second half of the book, placing Kidd’s debut novel squarely in the honoured tradition of the Southern Gothic.-A GREAT READ-HARD TO PUT DOWN!!!!-336 pages.

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The Honey Cookbook by Charlotte Popescu
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Includes 180 honey recipes from starters, supper dishes, salad dressings and sauces to puddings, breads, cakes, biscuits and drinks. Used as a sugar substitute, honey is shown to be a healthy and versatile ingredient. Paperback: 192 pages

Paperback: 192 pages
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 12.7 x 1.8 cm

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Honey by Jenni Fleetwood
HONEY – Natures Wonder Ingredient – Hardback

You’re probably most familiar with honey as being something sweet you spread on your toast for breakfast. But did you know it can also be used to treat sunburn, condition hair and make drawer fresheners?

Honey has been used since 7000BCE and it still remains to be a fascinating and useful ingredient. There are many myths and superstitions surrounding honey, and it is known as a wonder ingredient. In the the past it has been used as a form of currency and it has been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, so it’s pretty special for a product of nature.

This book will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about honey and more. With 100 ways to use it, from curing headaches, to moisturising skin, to making a delicious cake, this is the ultimate source of information. Step by step instructions and beautiful photographs make this a wonderful book to own.

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Honey and Heath by Laurie Croft
Honey and Health – Covering Analytical and Medical Aspects

Although modern science has discovered much about honey’s composition, its medical attributes have not yet been accounted for, and there are still a great many of its minor constituents that have so far not been identified. Based on the author’s many years researching honey, covering both the analytical and medical aspects, this book presents a scientific and open-minded examination of the properties of natures oldest healer.

Paperback: 156 pages
Publisher: Sterling Pub Co Inc (revised 2004)
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.3 inches

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Guidetobeesandhoney
Guide to Bees & Honey by Ted Hooper – 2010 Revised

By Ted Hooper

This soft cover book is a reference manual for keeping bees. In consequence it can be quite lengthy and dry at times, but it is very comprehensive and hence is owned by a good many beekeepers.

From the Back Cover: “Intended for both the beginner and the experienced beekeeper, this manual anticipates the questions likely to be asked by both. There is advice for those planning to maintain a few hives for personal use, and those expanding into a commercial venture. This edition includes a section on the “Varroa” mite; the disease it spreads has proved fatal to many beekeeper’s hives, and provided here are ways to treat and combat it. “

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Complete Guide to Beekeeping
Complete Guide to Beekeeping

The Complete Guide to Beekeeping. Jeremy Evans & Sheila Berrett. Large format, well written, well illustrated.Beekeepers and those interested in beekeeping An introduction and guide to the complex subject of beekeeping, an ancient pastime which has seen a recent revival in interest.

Whether the reader is a novice or a professional beekeeper, this book will be a valuable addition to existing literature. The book is fully comprehensive, starting with the novice and ending with the semi-expert! It tells you all you need to know about taking up beekeeping on a small scale.

Starting Beekeeping When and where; hives and beekeeping equipment; buying secondhand; understanding honeybees. Siting Your Bees Selecting a site; hiving your bees; feeding your bees; looking through the hive; avoiding bee stings. A Thriving Colony Adding supers; using a queen excluder; how bees forage; the honey flow; taking off honey. Wintering Down Preparing and feeding the hive for winter; mice, damp, wax moth and other enemies. The Second Year Spring cleaning; getting a second hive; oil seed rape; the ‘June gap’; problems with a poor harvest. Planning Ahead Keeping the queen in charge; requeening; making a nuc. warming Why bees swarm; swarms in action; catching and hiving a swarm; drone laying queens and other problems.

The Third Year And Beyond Three years’ beekeeping summary; commercial beekeeping; migratory hives. Honeybee Products Honey for sale; honey for show; honey recipes; making mead; wax extracting; beeswax polish and candles; propolis’ and medicinal properties. Honeybee Problems Killer bees; bee pests and diseases.

Bees in History Beekeeping from BC to the present century. Glossary of beekeeping terms and information packed appendices. 192 pages.

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Collins Beekeeping Bible, 416pg Hardback
Collins Beekeeping Bible 416pg – Hardback

One of the most comprehensive beekeeping resource ever published. This ultimate guide covers all the practical essentials and will teach you everything about caring for bees and safe hive management, with clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations. It also contains a wealth of information about the culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and domestic uses of honey, beeswax and pollen.

So much more than just a practical handbook, this beautiful almanac is also a fascinating read, overflowing with charming bee trivia, fascinating folklore, an engaging history of beekeeping and much more besides. Discover bees in literature, learn how to craft beeswax candles, preserve fine wood with your own home-made furniture polish, or indulge your skin with lavender and beeswax hand cream. Enjoy over 100 glorious honey recipes for cakes and breads, sauces and marinades, drinks and even flavoured spirits!

Fully illustrated with practical photography, stunning illustrations and unique etchings, this is an invaluable handbook as well as a beautiful addition to your coffee table, whether you’re an active beekeeper with buzzing hives, or an armchair enthusiast who daydreams about harvesting your own honey.

The plight of the honeybee has been widely reported, as numbers fall at an alarming rate. But its vital role in crop pollination and global agricultural means that the survival of the honeybee is essential; if it is to endure into the next century, we must take it seriously now. The Collins Beekeeper’s Bible does just that, bestowing readers with all there is to know about bees, in the hope that it will help secure the future of this fascinating insect.

CONTENTS INCLUDE

  • History of honey and beekeeping
  • Building a beehive & staying safe
  • Caring for your bees – pests & diseases
  • Growing flowers for bees
  • Collecting your honey
  • Household uses for honey and beeswax
  • Homeopathic, medicinal and cosmetic uses for honey and pollen
  • Home crafts
  • Recipes for home-made food and drinks featuring honey
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Bees-at-bottom-garden
Bees at the Bottom of the Garden

By Alan Campion

This book is good for beginners in that it is concisely written and well illustrated. It doesn’t go into the same depth as “Guide to Bees and Honey”, but is much easier to pick up and read if you have no experience of keeping bees yet.

From the Back Cover: “Beekeeping is a hobby any interested amateur could explore – that is the message of this work which aims to take the mystique out of keeping bees. Alan Campion uses his own experiences to describe in plain terms how to go about setting up a hive, and what to expect from your bees.”

Paperback: 112 pages
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 18.6 x 0.8 cm

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Bees & Beekeeping - Paperback: 256 Pages
Bees & Beekeeping 256pg – Paperback

Beautifully laid out book for the beginner- amazing photographs. Its lovely just to look at the photos!

Published January 1st 2010
Paperback: 256 pages
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8 x 8.3 x 1 inches

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