I begin to yearn for bees of my own while reading this . . . Möller 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.
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.
In her wonderful bee book, Lotte Möller 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.
Bees and Their Keepers is an entertaining book - easy to love and learn from
A fine balance of knowledge and humour on a high level . . . Like a diligent bee, Lotte Möller 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
A charming look at the history of #beekeeping, from myth and folklore to our practical relationship with bees
An entertaining collation of bee trivia across the millennia
Bee keeper and garden historian Lotte Moller explores our bond with bees, meeting people who are immersed in apiculture all over the world. Beautifully illustrated and written with humour,
Well-illustrated, fascinating and informative . . . Her knowledge is encyclopedic and scholarly and the complex nature of apiculture past and present is conveyed factually but in a lively anecdotal style that employs humour to great effect.
Möller has a strong voice, charming, funny and authoritative; so even if bees and honey really aren't your thing, it's still a pleasure to be in her company