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Poorly updated, and amaturish
on 16 June 2009
I bought this book as its the text book that all the "bee keeping starter" kits come with and I'm disappointed.
It does contain useful information and if you were to take up bee keeping and only read one book then it probably contains all the information you need. But, it does come across as a book written by an amateur in that the information is uneven in depth. (Obviously most bee books are written by amateurs but the layout, diagrams, pictures and depth of information of other books, for example "Guide to bees and Honey" come across much more like a professionally written and edited book.)
What really irritates me about this book is that it has been revised badly. There are page references which are incorrect as the page numbers would have changed I guessed when it was revised. It refers to the national beekeeping unit in a number of places and then the reference is missing/ has changed. I'm so irritated that I want to ask the publishers for my money back as I believe they have failed in their basic duty of care to read/check the book after its been revised. (To get this in perspective 98% of the information is still correct and useful, but you are about to pay money for something that should written and edited properly.)
If you only buy one bee text book then buy the "Guide to bees and Honey" before this one. The Guide to bees and Honey is more of a text book, so if you want an easy read just to introduce you to keeping bees then go for Keeping Bees: A Complete Practical Guide