The hilarious, sometimes disastrous, and always engrossing story of BBC journalist Bill Turnbull’s accidental love affair with bees--which doubles as a guide for new beekeepers. Bill Turnbull had no intention of becoming a beekeeper. But when an advertisement for beekeeping classes appeared in the family vet’s office shortly after a swarm of bees landed in Bill’s suburban backyard, it seemed to be a sign. Beekeeping turned out to be an even stickier operation than Bill expected, and he quickly learned that being enthusiastic about something doesn’t necessarily make you a virtuoso. Full of laugh-out-loud antics, lessons learned the hard way, and a passion for the beauty and importance of the infuriating, fascinating--and increasingly threatened--honeybee, Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper is both an introduction to the world of backyard beekeeping and a story about the transformative power of doing what you love--even if you’re a bit bad at it.
“What a fabulous, truthful book from a man who I am sure is a much better beekeeper than he claims to be.” --Smallholder (UK)