Book Review: From A to Bee by James Dearsley
James Dearlsey, The Surrey Beekeeper http://www.facebook.com/surreybeekeeper has written a book about his first year in becoming a beekeeper. This is a light read in diary format taking you through the trials and tribulations of James’s first year. His passion is not in question, but to experienced beekeepers he will come across as naive in his approach to setting up. I found much of the book amusing, as many of James’s experience are those suffered by all new beekeepers. I did get the impression that James was petrified of his bees and getting stung. His story about getting stung around the ankles, made me want to shout ” wear wellington boots “. Perhaps the difference between myself and James is that I am a country boy and James’s usual environment is an office.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, its amusing, passionate and the target James set himself, to get a one jar of honey in his first year, was reached.
James and I have joined together to market both our books as a package. Whilst reading his book, I knew that if at the time James had had my book, Beekeeping: A Novice’s Guide, many of his questions, concerns and techniques would have been answered. But then with these answers perhaps his book would not be so enjoyable.
The two books – Beekeeping: A Novice’s Guide 2nd edition and From A to Bee are available online via The Surrey Beekeeper website. The package of two books is £20 plus postage. With £2 going to charity. To purchase, please follow this link: