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Honey and Dust: Travels in Search of Sweetness [Paperback]

Piers Moore Ede
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21 Aug 2006
After being seriously injured in a hit-and-run, Piers Moore Ede goes to an organic farm in Italy to recuperate. There, a beekeeper shows him the magic of the beehive and Piers, depressed since his accident, realises that honey might be his salve and salvation. This is the story of his quest to seek out the most wondrous honeys in the world, from the terracotta bee jars of the Lebanon to the clay cylinders of Syria. Slowly his personal tribulations fall into perspective against the backdrop of the dwindling traditions of the honey-farmers. Hunting wild honey from cliffs with Gurung tribesmen in Nepal, and in vast jungle trees with Veddah tribesmen in Sri Lanka, Piers draws close to the very origins of life. But honey is the real luminary of "Honey and Dust" and it is by witnessing nature's astonishing healing powers that Piers finally finds his own sense of regeneration.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC; New edition edition (21 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747579679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747579670
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 347,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1975, he was educated at Winchester College, Exeter University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. While living in San Francisco he was involved in a hit and run accident, during the recovery from which he conceived of his first travel book, a global adventure in search of wild honey. Honey and Dust documents his search for wholeness, while looking for the last of the tribes that still hunt wild honey in jungles and cliffs. He visits Bedouin tribesman in the Syrian desert, Gurung mountain people in Nepal, the Veddhas or Wild Men in Sri Lanka, and even a rooftop beekeeper on the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

The Guardian called Piers Moore Ede 'a talented young writer... acutely aware of light, landscape and mood.' The Daily Mail called it 'thoughtful and uplifiting.' The Telegraph wrote: 'While Moore Ede's enthusiasm about honey is engaging, it is his quest for a personal, spiritual regeneration that makes this such a compelling book.'

Honey and Dust won the non fiction category of the DH Lawrence prize, and was nominated for the Jeremy Round first book award with the British Guild of Food Writers.

His second book All Kinds of Magic, published in 2010, has also been well received.

'A wild pilgrimage across the mystic world, taken in order to embark on the shortest and hardest journey of all - the almost impossible one from the head to the heart. Piers Moore Ede is both an elegant and courageous traveller and teller of this rite of passage' Justine Hardy, author of The Wonder House

'Piers Moore Ede writes with a rare sensitivity, describing the lands that pass beneath his feet with lyrical prose. His work is reminiscent of the great names in British travel writing. I could not recommend his work more highly' Tahir Shah, author of The Caliph's House

Piers Moore Ede also runs the popular website

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‘A quest for the world’s most wondrous honeys, meditating on nature’s healing powers along the way. Thoughtful and uplifting’ -- You Magazine

‘An extraordinary handbook on the art of escapism … unusual, compelling and restorative’ -- Alexander Waugh, Mail on Sunday

‘Beautifully written … a salutary reminder of a way of life that will soon be lost’ -- Daily Mail

‘He imparts the fascinating history of honey with genuine, insightful narrative and a restless passion for knowledge and adventure’ -- Sarah Elliott, Wanderlust

‘Moore Ede is a talented young writer … He is acutely sensitive to landscape, light, people and mood’ -- Guardian

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In the vein of William Fiennes’ The Snow Geese, a wonderful blend of travel, food, adventure and personal healing

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A journey in search of healing and honey. 23 July 2005
By A Customer
At the start of the book Moore Ede has had a very bad accident in San Francisco: cycling down one of those hills, he was knocked off his push bike by a truck. Although he has physically recovered he finds that he has lost his emotional equilibrium.
Having always loved honey as a child he decides to go on a quest to find honey being produced by traditional methods. He finds clay pots in Syria, wild honey hunters who defy death to scale cliffs in Nepal and tribesmen in the jungles of Sri Lanka who hunt for honey in tree trunks. At the same time he is searching for his lost sense of well being.
This book is beautifully written, and is both funny and moving. I can't wait to read the next installment in Piers Moore Ede's adventures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Travels in Search of Sweetness 21 Dec 2006
This is one of the few books that I actually decided to purchase, having read it first. Usually I borrow books from the library and am contented with that. It is a wonderful book about the author's travels to countries where he can view at first-hand what bee-keeping and the pursuit of honey is all about. His travels take him to meet bee keepers and honey farmers in exotic countries such as Nepal, India and Sri Lanka; the Middle East and Syria, and to Italy and New York. He describes the natural habitat of such places in a beautiful and picturesque way and at every step of his travels he takes the reader with him in his search for honey and sweetness. The story is not very long. One of the best I've read this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read... 13 July 2005
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Piers' account of his travel experiences along with the story of a young mans journey of healing, personal development and soul searching are beautifully accounted in 'Honey and Dust'
A joy to read and impossible to put down.
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5.0 out of 5 stars honey & dust 31 July 2005
a brilliant,absorbing & thought provoking book,a beautifully written tale of hope,redemption & a eco system who's eggshell fragility is cracking right under our noses,weep as you read about far off places,people & tribes,ways of life for thousands of years that are coming to an end,heartbreaking,humbling,highly recomended
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5.0 out of 5 stars breath taking 8 Nov 2010
breath taking, simply breath taking is all I can really say about this fantastic book. The primise is simple, one man on a global mission to taste honey. I don't want to go into too much detail, but it's an absolute rollercoaster of highs and lows that at times left me exhausted simply from reading a chapter or two. My outlook on life was almost changed and throughout the journey I had a series of what I can only describe as miny epiphanies. I definate must read and a worthy addition to even the most hardened of reader's bookshelves. Go on, enlighten yourself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On a search for honey and more 7 Jun 2007
I loved this book. Not only is it an account of a journey in search of traditional methods of bee-keeping which are fast dying out, its also a spiritual journey for the author. The descriptions are eloquent and the book is a beautiful reflection on life. Since reading it I have also taken more of an interest in the honey that I buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best travelogues written in years 11 July 2005
By A Customer
For anyone who enjoys travel writing, this is an essential read. One of the most beautifully written travelogue's I've ever had the luck to chance upon. Moved to tears one minute and chuckling with laughter the next, Moore Ede's 'Honey and Dust' is a superb addition to the travel writing genre. For lovers of Dalrymple, Kevin Rushby, Danziger, Jason Elliot etc. this is a must!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A passionate journey 13 Nov 2010
After reading this book, I decided to share my opinion about it. I find it very well written, Pier develops precise descriptions of his journey. Not only does he mange to describe the methods of bee-keeping but he also tries to touch the reader with his own personal life and experience. This book made me think of my own vision of life and made me realize how life is just a long journey as the one Pier depicts.
A must read....
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as read reviews and other information from searching websites, i found this book very helpful. I was also astonished to see the system of God that is put in bees
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I enjoyed reading about how he traveled across the world just to taste different kinds of honey. The determination that took was inspiring, I wish that I had that kind of... Read more
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