Bees and Their Keepers

“I didn’t want to put it down. It would make a lovely gift for a gentle read at Christmas.” Margaret Ginman – Bee Farmer, Book Review: October 2020.

Beekeeper and garden historian Lotte Moller explores the activities inside and outside the hive while charting the bees’ natural order and habits. With a light touch she uses her encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject to shed light on humanity’s understanding of bees and bee lore from antiquity to the present. A humorous debunking of the myths that have held for centuries is matched by a wry exploration of how and when they were replaced by fact.

In her travels Moller encounters a trigger-happy Californian bee keeper raging against both killer bees and bee politics, warring beekeepers on the Danish island of Læsø, and Brother Adam of Buckfast Abbey, breeder of the Buckfast queen now popular throughout Europe and beyond, as well a host of others as passionate as she about the complex world of apiculture both past and present.

Bees and Their Keepers is a beautifully illustrated and thoroughly engaging cultural history for the general reader and beekeeper alike.

Translated from the Swedish by Frank Perry.

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