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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Summersdale (2 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849532729
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849532723
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

James Dearsley, the Surrey Beekeeper,started The Beginner Beekeepers page on Facebook, one of the largest online communities of beekeepers (www.facebook.com/beginnerbeekeepers), and is on Twitter (@surreybeekeeper). His site www.surreybeekeeper.co.uk started as a blog, so others could learn from his mistakes, and expanded into a shop and general online resource for beekeepers.

He has written for a variety of publications around the world including Mother Earth News in the US, Grow Your Own Magazine in the UK The Ecologist and has recorded a DVD,Beekeeping for Beginners, with Charlie Dimmock, which is now on general release. He lives with his wife and two sons in Surrey.

Should you want to contact me directly please feel free to do so james@surreybeekeeper.co.uk

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'A.k.a. The Surrey Beekeeper, Dearsley started the Beginner Beekeeper's page on Facebook - now the biggest online community of beekeepers - and has also released a beekeeping DVD.' --The bookseller

a funny, practical and inspiring account of what turned out to be a rather magnificent obsession. --The DAILY MAIL

About the Author

James Dearsley is also known as the Surrey Beekeeper and writes for a variety of publications including "Mother Earth News," "Grow Your Own Magazine," and the "Ecologist."

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emily Heath on 8 July 2012
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James offers us an entertainingly jolly, extremely readable account of all the trials and tribulations of becoming an English beekeeper. Not only is he combining this with a hefty workload as an international travel agent and being dad to a young toddler, he has to face the worried looks of his wife and friends as he turns into a complete bee geek. The book is written in diary format and follows his challenging journey during 2009 from complete bee novicery to getting his first pot of honey.

My favourite aspect of the book is that James is fearless in poking fun at himself. At a gangly 6'5, he creates a picture of himself as a clumsy Mr Bean style character, at one point falling down a flight of steps as he leaves his beekeeping classes. On another occasion he attempts to communicate with Polish beekeepers that he is a fellow beekeeper too by running around making buzzing noises and pointing at their honey - "As I walked away, I did turn back for one last look at these moustached Polish beekeepers and they were just looking at each other with a rather strange expression; one then shrugged whilst the other started laughing."

It is quite touching how completely absorbed he becomes in the bees, obsessively reading the nights away (a glass of red wine or whiskey at his side) and driving around trying to find out the local forage in his area. He also develops from being most interested in getting his first pot of honey to being deeply concerned with all the threats his bees and those across the world face. I think all of us beekeepers understand that feeling of wonderment at how much there is to learn, and how amazing these fascinating little creatures are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rivendell on 9 July 2012
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This little book is charming, entertaining and full of fun - however along the way we do learn some of the basics of bee keeping and the ups and downs of this most interesting hobby. It is obvious that the author has a passion for his subject, and is not afraid to admit the mistakes he made on starting out. Bee keeping is an adventure and it is interesting to read how the author juggled his extremely busy job, and family responsibilities alongside his new venture with bees.

Is this a book that will teach you all you need to know about bee keeping? No, it is certainly not going to do that, but there are many great books out there that do cover in detail the ins and outs of the craft; this is however, a good introduction for the general reader about starting such a hobby, some of the joys and pitfalls that come along and also the plight of the bees in the world today.

It is an easy read and a satisfying one - there is much humour nestled among the pages and I would recommend it to anyone who has an interest in gardening, bee keeping and nature. Few people realise the plight of the bees and the pollinators, who are being wiped out in droves by the pesticides that are commonly used today in all our countries - and few seem to know that if the pollinators are gone, then so is mankind. If this book encourages even one person to think more about the pollinators in our world, then it will be a job well done. I highly recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ms K Sweeten on 3 July 2012
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Lovely little book that will encourage any would be beekeeper to either take it up... Or run for the hills. As I read each chapter it reminded me of my early beekeeping exploits.
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This is a really interesting and informative book.I like bees mainly because I love honey and enjoy watching their foraging in my garden,and elsewhere ofcoarse.I didn't really know much else about their short but busy lives.This book is a joy.The author takes you on this journey of an absolute beginner on his quest to produce a jar(within a year) of home produced honey.It's not that easy.It includes looking around the area-within 3 miles radius- his bees are likely to visit such as gardens,crops even pubs on a fly by.The path to the eventual goal is recorded in diary form,almost like talking to a neighbour over a garden fence.It's great fun.
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Just wanted a little more information on Bees and beekeeping and l just clicked to read some of the book (l did buy the book wanted to read more!) and l thought the way
James told us about his journey was brilliant . James set out everything that you will face in taking on beekeeping and how to go about it Loved the book excellent read and l got a really good idea of what to expect on keeping Bees. Thank you James
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An absolute must read. Informative, entertaining and funny. Thoroughly recommended to both the bee keeper and any long suffering partner.
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I became aware of not only the fun of keeping bees but aware the responsibiliy of keeping these wonderful, little animals. I feel I'm now ready to go up one more rung on the ladder.
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I have read a few bee books but this was tops james is done everything that I am doing this year I also started in June iris.faulkner
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