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Still useful, with reservations.
on 31 December 2016
This used to be the 'go to' reference for newish beekeepers to read during the winter of their first year of beekeeping and it is indeed a worthy tome that includes almost everything a beekeeper should need to know, but it's been superseded by more recent books that are more readable and user-friendly. Not many people these days want blocks of text and just a few illustrations, some of which are in black and white.
The main problem I've had with this edition is that the book may have been sort of updated but the index hasn't, so searching for some subject matter has been frustratingly fruitless. Unfortunately some of the material is just plain wrong - we don't have MAFF any more, so some wouldn't even know what the acronym refers to.
That said, the book does have its uses and does offer a fairly in depth and broad ranging introduction to beekeeping and producing honey. It should, though, be read alongside more up to date material.