This book has guided me in my first three years of bee keeping, helping me in establishing two out apiaries, and currently seven colonies at my home apiary. It is a great reference book plumped out with anedotes, useful alongside advice from fellow beekeepers. Peter Thomas, Near Coleford, Glos., UK
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.