I bought this book after I bought Ted Hooper "a guide to bees and honey" and I have found comparing and contrasting the techniques they both put forward very useful in the process of creating my own method of beekeeping. This is a book entirly intended for the use of British beekeepers and to any buyers wishing to keep bees in other countries it is a waste of money.
The book gives a good overview of the life of a honeybee as well as containing a handy table of what times of the year various forage plants flower and I have found this very usefull during the beekeeping season.
Despite this being the reviewed edition of the book that was apparently updated in 1998, it is still devoid of much modern information on pests and diseases(especially the dreaded varroa mite) aswell as the fact that some of the beekeeping techniques described in this book are very strange, such as Ron Brown's individual way of carrying out an artificial swarm.It probaly works but is more hastle and he uses method I have never heard of anywhere else. The fact that the book is missing some essential modern beekeeping developments is the primary reason I only gave this book 3 stars.
In conclusion I would buy this book along with Ted Hoopers "guide to bees and honey" and compare the two as both contain valuble information, but unlike Ted Hoopers book Ron Browns "honey bees: a guide to managment" is by no means a comprehensive guide as it is nowhere near thorough enough and also does not provide a satisfactory guide to extracting, processing and bottling honey. This and the out of date information in the book are definitely its shortfalls but it does provide some handy hints and tips I have not been able to find elswhere.