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The Hive

Bee Wilson

8 Reviews

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Prose: non-fiction, Natural history

The story of the inspiring relationship between bees, their hive and the human world, brilliantly reviewed in hardback

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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Praise for The Hive

  • 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

  • Can hardly be bettered. - Guardian

  • 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

  • Fascinating, careful, witty and intelligent ... Riveting ... Almost any paragraph chosen at random is entertaining - Prue Leith, New Statesman

  • Richly informative and beautifully written - The Times

  • Wonderfully entertaining reading. - The Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society

  • 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

  • A fascinating tribute to the bee - Woman & Home

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