This is a good introductory guide to beekeeping. Prospective buyers should be warned that it is a repackaging - with a new cover and new title - of Teach Yourself Beekeeping. The content - down to the individual diagrams and all the colour plates - is almost unchanged, with the addition of a few short introductions for each chapter. If you already have Teach Yourself Beekeeping (as I did), there's almost nothing new here. If you haven't, then this book is thoroughly recommended. In my view it is better than 'Bees at the bottom of the garden' (regularly recommended or supplied to beginners) which is now a little dated on things like Varroa and poorly laid out on artificial swarms. In contrast, this book covers both subjects reasonably well. It's also a more gentle introduction that the excellent 'Guide to Bees and Honey' by the late Ted Hooper.
This book covers the basics - hive choice, inspections, swarm control, disease prevention, honey extraction - in a well written and logically laid out manner. As such it deals with almost all of the subjects a beekeeper in her or his first year will need.
Highly recommended ... unless you already have 'Teach Yourself Beekeeping'