A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings (Paperback)
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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 27/06/2019
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A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper's year of keeping honeybees, which will appeal to readers of H is For Hawk and The Outrun

Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses - disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if she's to create a meaningful life for herself, one that can accommodate comfort and labour and love. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees - according to folklore, bees freely given bring luck - and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to `keep' wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? And can travelling inside the hive free her outside it?

As Helen grapples with her role in the delicate, awe-inspiring ecosystem of the hive, the very act of keeping seems to open up new perspectives, deepen friendships old and new, and make her world come alive.

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is at once a fascinating exploration of the honeybee and the hive, the practices of honey-gathering and the history of our observation of bees; and a beautifully wrought meditation on responsibility and care, on vulnerability and trust, on forging bonds and breaking new ground.

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471167744
Number of pages: 304
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 18 mm


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'This book has found a special place in my heart. It’s as strange, beautiful and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings, as bees in a hive. I loved it'    - Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk

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Terence, Bookseller Newry

“H is for Honeybee”

In 2014 Helen MacDonald won the Costa Book of the Year for her outstanding nature memoir, H is for Hawk, that brought the art of falconry, an otherwise obscure subject, to a wider audience than I'm sure the... More

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Dan - Clifton, Bristol.

“A genuine honey dripping gem!”

I urge everyone who has even the slightest interest in nature and bees to read this beautiful, moving, grounding and profound book!
This book follows a year in Beekeeping with the author Helen Jukes finding herself... More

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“5/5”

I enjoyed reading this, a enjoyable narrative to follow whilst also learning more about honeybees, 5/5.

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