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  • Paperback: 276 pages
  • Publisher: Northern Bee Books; Updated ed edition (27 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904846513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904846512
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If there is one book that should be on the shelf of every beekeeper, it is Ted Hooper's classic. - --Beekeeping

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nelle Tap on 25 Aug 2010
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The book is full of concise clear and authoritative advice. What I especially like is some of the aspects which could be counted as peripheral but which add so much knowledge and inform decisions. For example, a chunk about the heat required in the hive and how it is maintained and the implications of different variations from the ideal. A smaller section on the sound of the buzz and how it relates to the speed of the wings sounds comparatively unimportant but when you are out trying to identify flitting insects it can add that little something to help the identification. This wasn't the first book I read so you would imagine that some sections were less fresh and consequently of less interest. This is not the case; I have been entranced by what I have read so far (two thirds of the way through). My family might just say it is because I am obsessed. They may have a point!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MerryBee on 6 Jun 2014
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This is an admirable book in many ways. There is a wealth of information for bee-ginners like me and more experienced beekeepers, at a greater level of detail than in some other books I have read. I found the sections on bee anatomy and behaviour particularly interesting. Some other sections, such as that on queen rearing, went rather over my head, but I expect to come back to those later.
BUT, I was very disappointed to find that although I bought the 5th edition (2010), which is trumpeted as an “updated edition” it is very far from being up-to-date.
Yes, there is a new chapter 9 on Pests and Diseases (but why is this in a different typeface from the rest of the book?), but the publisher has not ensured that incorrect information in the earlier part of the book is amended. In chapter 5 I read “anyone who finds a varroa mite must report this to the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food because varroosis a notifiable disease”. In fact, varroosis ceased to be notifiable in 2006. MAFF was abolished in 2002.
It is to be expected that a book first published in 1976 might seem dated in style, but for a book described as an updated edition to contain such serious flaws is, in my opinion, not good enough. I was left wondering if I was being seriously misled in other ways too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Mar 2011
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I'm a beginner Beekeeper and completeing a BBKA course. This book was recommended and complements my weekly notes.
On first impression not the most inspiring format and looks 'old fashioned' lots of black and white pictures, but it is a text book and once into it I have found it both informative and readable. I would recommend it to all would be bee keepers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By beekeepers wife on 31 Jan 2011
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I previously found this book in the library for my husband who has been a beekeeper for over 50 years. Having renewed it endless times, I was delighted to spot it on Amazon.

It is never on the bookshelf as he constantly refers to it. He likes the down to earth viewpoint and would recommend it to any beekeeper as a first book or for more advanced use.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Just-William on 1 Sep 2014
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Ted Hooper really knew his stuff, was practical, and obviously loved his bees. If you start with the correct advice of sticking to one source of information to avoid confusion and contradiction (everyone's an expert!?) then this is the book you should follow. Whatever is happening in the apiary, Ted will have the answer or tell you where to get it. You will constantly refer to it all the time you keep bees. Yes there are more modern books and chemicals etc. but as a foundation for your hobby, you will not find better information.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By nicholas revis on 21 Sep 2011
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I bought this book based on the prevalent characterisation as "the beekeeping bible", something that I found to be otherwise. The book contains very many details on bees and hive management although these are better understood by an experienced rather than a novice beekeeper. Also, many of the information that the author provides is insufficient - like the very important hive splitting (or artificial swarming) methods of which he superficially touches but one, and even that not in great detail. It is understood that the author is only presenting what has been tried, tested and worked but some people just like a bit more of a choice.

I particularly found the method of clipping the queen's wing, which the author prescribes in his book, as a rather harsh and unecessary method of swarm control. Demaree has lond ago described his method of doing this (no wing clipping involved) with many more benefits for the colony and the beekeeper. And there are other methods to go about controlling swarming which are less violent and intrusive.

In all, I will not be using this book much, infact I will put it up for sale as I do not want it in my library. The book that I have found very interesting, unbiased and pleasantly informative is David Cramp's "A Practical Manual of Beekeeping" although there are not many pictures to go with it (but a new version is available right about this time).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sting on 30 April 2011
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This book is The worlds best selling guide to beekeeping because it covers the difficult to understand subjects in beekeeping in a step by step way. Ted Hooper was a former President of The British Beekeepers Association who sadly passed away in March 2010. His work will go on for ever thanks to this great book.
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