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Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper: What Not to Do When Keeping Bees (with Apologies to My Own) Paperback – May 10, 2011
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“For a news reporter, Bill Turnbull is a pretty funny guy. It’s a good thing, too, because his new book, Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper, demonstrates just how important a ready sense of humor — and the ability to laugh at oneself — is to the amateur apiarist. Turnbull comes across as affable and amused as he relates his initiation into the world of apiculture, and though much of what he shares are his own personal foibles and misadventures, there’s a lot to be learned here. . . . Like front yard gardening, backyard beekeeping is on the rise, and Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper is a honey-sweet introduction to what might otherwise be an intimidating pursuit.”
—Mother Nature Network
“Animated and entertaining! Bill Turnbull gives readers an informative glimpse into the enchanting world of beekeeping that is sure to increase their appreciation for these endearing creatures.”
—C. Marina Marchese, author of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper
“This delightful, funny book will strike a chord with all beekeepers—beginners and seasoned ones alike. We have all done stupid things with bees, and I am glad to report that Bill Turnbull survived and learned from his mistakes. A truly wonderful read.”
—Diana Sammataro, PhD, coauthor of The Beekeeper’s Handbook
“In a sea of beekeeping books that read like textbooks, it was an absolute delight to discover Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper. Bill Turnbull presents us with a delightful and amusing book on the basics of beekeeping. Through Turnbull’s self-effacing humor and personal anecdotes, readers will learn a lot about bees—and a thing or two about life itself.”
“Every beekeeper begins as a bad beekeeper. Fortunately, Bill Turnbull remembers his hilarious beekeeping mistakes and adventures in great detail, and he has bravely transformed them into this honest, entertaining book. It is a must-read even for experienced beekeepers who have already been there and done that, especially as they may have failed to see the humor that Turnbull so skillfully captures.”
—Norman Gary, PhD, Professor and Apiculturist Emeritus, University of California, Davis, and author of Honey Bee Hobbyist
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Top Customer Reviews
Bill Turnbill's book was very entertaining and I know a lot about bee's. I wrote the bestselling The Beekeeper's Digest, so you better believe I was concerned as to what he was doing to the honey bees in his neck of the woods. I also think "Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper" is also a great book for anyone desiring to take up beekeeping. It lets a reader know the not so glamorous aspects of the trade, common faux pauxs and still brings more attention to the beekeeping industry. We need more beekeepers!
Although I bought the book purely for entertainment purposes I did learn a LOT I did not even know about honey bees from Bill Turnbull. Like a bee can move 20 MPH and has five eyes! They see us in very slow motion. These are two examples of facts I never read in any beekeeping book, and he has a lot of honey bee facts. More surprisingly he gives a great overall education on actual beekeeping.
I may post a sign outside my bee hives "All Bill Turnbull's Honey Bees Welcome for Vacation and Rehab!" Naturally offering honey bees classes in post traumatic stress disorder. :) Yours Truly, Deborah Dolen Author
As an American however, the book peters out about 2/3rds of the way through when the topic of beekeeping is pushed to the side. He writes about running a marathon in his beekeeping suit (again, admirable) and then his turn on a dancing show and another turn on a quiz show. The bees are always buzzing about the narrative but usually not too close. The problems for this American however is that I have no idea who many of the celebrities or what shows he writes about are. The American edition could have easily chopped off the last 20% or so of the book.
Finally, the entire bad beekeeper point of view would scare off anyone thinking of beekeeping. Don't be scared. It's not nearly as hard or bad and doesn't have to be nearly as expensive as he makes it out to be. I've spent more than I should on my beekeeping but it's maybe been $300 tops over a year (including bees).
Worth the cost, and a great gift for that beekeeper in the family.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nice little book and it did try to be to funny at times. While I enjoyed reading it, I didn't like the fact that he went off on a few tangents (dancing and Bermuda) that really... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kate
Excellent vacation reading!! Would consider reading additional books by Bill TurnbullPublished 13 months ago by K. Campbell
Kind of funny, talks about some mishaps he's made in beekeeping and that might help some, one section was totally about his dancing with the stars in Britain. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fun read. We are getting bees this spring and enjoyed this quick read. It's not a how to book but instead a collection of tales and stories from one beekeepers point of view. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Margaret Schlachter
very informative and a good book that covers the kinds of things that maybe all the books should be telling you...Published 17 months ago by Nancy N.
Fun with lots of useful bee keeping facts throughout the book, loved it.Published 20 months ago by kitplanesue