This book is a lifesaver. As a first time beekeeper, it's been my bee bible for the past year. I did a course with my local association and the best piece of advice I got was to buy this book. It takes away any uncertainty you may have when handling your bees by yourself. Everything you need to know is in there. I even managed to catch a swarm from a neighbour's house simply by using the technique in the book. The layout is excellent, taking you through the beekeeping year step by step. Cannot recommend this highly enough.