Bees and Their Keepers: In religion, revolution and evolution


Available for Pre-order. Due September 2020.
Bees and Their Keepers: In religion, revolution and evolution Author: Editor: Frank Perry Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Quercus Publishing Pages: 224 Language: English ISBN: 9781529405262 Categories: , , , , , , , , ,

With deep knowledge and a sharp wit, Lotte Moeller unfolds our understanding of bees and bee lore from antiquity to the present. A beekeeper herself, she gives insight into the activity in the hive and describes the bees’ natural order and habits. She explores the myths of the past, and how and when they were replaced by fact. For example, the heated discussions that broke out in the eighteenth century when it was discovered that the hive was ruled by a queen, not a king as had been the belief since Aristotle. In her travels Moeller encounters a host of colourful characters, from a trigger-happy Californian beekeeper raging against both killer bees and bee politics, to the warring beekeepers on the island of Laeso and Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, breeder of the Buckfast queen now popular throughout Europe and beyond. Bees and Their Keepers is a beautifully illustrated and compelling cultural history for the beekeeper and general reader alike. Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry

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A fine balance of knowledge and humour on a high level . . . Like a diligent bee, Lotte Moeller travels through the ages . . . You do not want it to end, but all of a sudden it does, and you are left with a faint humming in your head * Weekendavisen * Bees and Their Keepers is an entertaining book - easy to love and learn from * Dagen * In her wonderful bee book, Lotte Moeller describes how humans and bees have accompanied each other throughout history, and tells us about her own bees (which initially she feared), honey frauds, hive models, bee sex, and today's complex bee world. Beautiful, readable and bee supportive. * Allt om Tradgard * Educational and entertaining, it adds insight to how humans throughout time have co-existed with bees and it also puts the present in relief against this history spanning several thousand years . . . The book becomes solace against escalating climate angst, the inability to act, and apathy - because from history's swarm of bee-keepers emerges a strong counter-movement: an embryo of hope for the future of mankind and the planet. * Vasterbottens-Kuriren * I begin to yearn for bees of my own while reading this . . . Moeller has done her research well and there is a swarm of quotes, character introductions, fact boxes and thematic strokes . . . The book is actually a history of ideas about bees, filled to the brim with thoughts and notions about man's best friend - on six legs. * Arbeterbladet *

Author Biography

Lotte Moeller is a Swedish writer and journalist, and author of a number of classics in cultural and garden literature including a monograph on the lemon, which was shortlisted for the August Prize for Best Non-Fiction. She has also been a beekeeper.