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The Hive

The Hive

Ever since men first hunted for honeycomb in rocks and daubed pictures of it on cave walls, the honeybee has been seen as one of the wonders of nature: social, industrious, beautiful, terrifying. No other creature has inspired in humans an identification so passionate, persistent or fantastical.



In this gem of a book, award-winning writer Bee Wilson explores the magical world of the honeybee. From the hive to honey, from beekeepers to honeymooners, via Aristotle, Shakespeare, Napoleon and Sherlock Holmes, here is a book that delights and surprises at every turn. And there is even a recipe or two.
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Genre: Lifestyle, Sport & Leisure / Natural History

On Sale: 12th September 2005

Price: £9.99

ISBN-13: 9780719565984

Reviews

'Can hardly be bettered . . .Principally a writer on food, Wilson none the less knows a lot about keeping honeybees, and also about their biology and natural history, waxworks and candles, and the changing shape of the beehive'
The Guardian
'For a moment you may feel, as I did, that part of Wilson's research for this book involved turning into a bee for a few days ... Amazing.' -- Nick Lezard
Guardian
'Beautifully produced and well-researched ...leaving readers to marvel'.
Good Book Guide
Wilson presents the history of the honeybee in this engaging and anecdote-filled account
Publishing News
'This is the Christmas book with a real sting.'
Saga
A light and delicious book, in an exceptionally pretty honey-coloured jacket gilded with bees, and it is written with sparkle and charm ... some of her best writing is about the deliciousness of honey, and it is hard to read her chapter of recipes without drooling.
The Tablet
'There are delights and surprises on virtually every page of this gem of a book'
Sunday Telegraph
She manages to present a great deal of information in a form as easy to swallow as a spoonful of honey.
Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph
Richly informative and beautifully written
The Times
A charming, fascinating pot-pourri of all things beelike
Bookseller
'Wilson's sprightly hymn to the honeybee ... conveys ... the marvel, complexity and ultimate unknowability that has made the beehive such a fascination
Independent
'Wilson has a fine eye for character sketches'
The Times
'Fascinating and readable. Wilson writes with flair and wit about everything from Pliny to pollination; her love of honey in all its sheer sensuousness shines through'
Scotsman
Erudite, informative, accurate and a delight to read.
The Times Literary Supplement
'Delightful'
Economist
'Bee Wilson . . .connects readers' imaginations with their salivary glands'
New Statesman
'A brilliant examination of a natural phenomenon we all take for granted'
Sunday Express
Fascinating, careful, witty and intelligent ... Riveting ... Almost any paragraph chosen at random is entertaining
Prue Leith, New Statesman
Entertaining and thoroughly worthwhile
Sunday Times
Endlessly fascinating
Mail on Sunday
Wonderfully entertaining reading.
The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society
A fascinating tribute to the bee
Woman & Home
This biography is immensely detailed, intelligent, generous, sympathetic, and often entertaining...Betjeman fans...will delight in Hillier's monumental work
Literary Review
'Juicy reading . . .worth buying for the illustration on p. 204 alone'
The Spectator
'A riveting read . . .this beguiling book is more a history of ideas than an actual study . . .buzzing with fascinating facts'
BBC Gardener's World Magazine
Fascinating
Humphrey Carpenter, Sunday Times
'Beautifully written and absorbing'
New Statesman
'Bee Wilson recounts all the weird and wonderful things people have believed about bees'
History Today
Bee Wilson's little book is a small hive of treasure. It is a sweet celebration of our appreciation of the honeybee
Dumfries and Galloway Standard
Buzzes with info and has the prettiest dust-jacket of the third millennium
Barry Humphries, Sunday Telegraph
Can hardly be bettered.
Guardian
This biography is immensely detailed, intelligent, generous, sympathetic, and often entertaining...Betjeman fans...will delight in Hillier's monumental work
Literary Review
'Bee Wilson conveys a real sense of the relationship between bees and us, and her short, punchy chapters are witty and fascinating'
Easy Living
Erudite and elegant ... Bee Wilson writes fluently and engagingly and she manages to present a great deal of curious information in a form as easy to swallow as a spoonful of the finest Attic honey ... The book is also exceptionally pleasing to look at and hold.
Tom Fort, Sunday Telegraph