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Bees and Their Keepers: Through the seasons and centuries, from waggle-dancing to killer bees, from Aristotle to Winnie-the-Pooh

Frank Perry Lotte Moeller

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Hodder & Stoughton
01 October 2020
History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art; Gardening; The natural world, country life & pets; Wildlife: general interest; Wildlife: butterflies, other insects & spiders; Insects & spiders as pets
Series: Planet Omar
A beautifully illustrated and thoroughly engaging cultural history of beekeeping - packed with anecdote, humour and enriching historical detail. The perfect gift.

Beekeeper and garden historian Lotte Moller explores the activities inside and outside the hive while charting the bees' natural order and habits. With a light touch she uses her encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject to shed light on humanity's understanding of bees and bee lore from antiquity to the present. A humorous debunking of the myths that have held for centuries is matched by a wry exploration of how and when they were replaced by fact.

In her travels Moller encounters a trigger-happy Californian beekeeper raging against both killer bees and bee politics, warring beekeepers on the Danish island of L so, and Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, breeder of the Buckfast queen now popular throughout Europe and beyond, as well a host of others as passionate as she about the complex world of apiculture both past and present.

Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry - Sweden's Gardening Book of the Year 2019, shortlisted for the August Prize 2019
By:   Lotte Moeller
Translated by:   Frank Perry
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 156mm, 
ISBN:   9781529405262
ISBN 10:   1529405262
Series:   Planet Omar
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 October 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Forthcoming

Lotte Moller is a Swedish writer and journalist, and author of a number of classics in cultural and garden literature including a monograph on the lemon, which was shortlisted for the August Prize for Best Non-Fiction. She has also been a beekeeper.

Reviews for Bees and Their Keepers: Through the seasons and centuries, from waggle-dancing to killer bees, from Aristotle to Winnie-the-Pooh

I begin to yearn for bees of my own while reading this . . . Moller has done her research well and there is a swarm of quotes, character introductions, fact boxes and thematic strokes . . . The book is actually a history of ideas about bees, filled to the brim with thoughts and notions about man's best friend - on six legs. - Arbeterbladet Educational and entertaining, it adds insight to how humans throughout time have co-existed with bees and it also puts the present in relief against this history spanning several thousand years . . . The book becomes solace against escalating climate angst, the inability to act, and apathy - because from history's swarm of bee-keepers emerges a strong counter-movement: an embryo of hope for the future of mankind and the planet. - Vasterbottens-Kuriren In her wonderful bee book, Lotte Moller describes how humans and bees have accompanied each other throughout history, and tells us about her own bees (which initially she feared), honey frauds, hive models, bee sex, and today's complex bee world. Beautiful, readable and bee supportive. - Allt om Tradgard Bees and Their Keepers is an entertaining book - easy to love and learn from - Dagen


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