A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings: A Year of Keeping Bees


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$26.95  $25.06
Pantheon Books
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5.8 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.05 pounds

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About the Author

HELEN JUKES was born in London, England, and grew up in the Midlands. She studied at the University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths College. Jukes was among the founding members of the Bee Friendly Trust and tutors at the creative writing program at Oxford University. She lives in Derbyshire, England.


"Jukes shares insights on her decision to become a beekeeper . . . Throughout her journey, we see the importance of nature and the potentially devastating effects our separation from nature can lead to. Required reading . . . compelling."
--Library Journal

"Helen Jukes provides a fascinating glimpse into the secret world of these mysterious creatures upon whose relentless labor human life hinges."
--Lisa Alther, author of Swan Song

"As strange, beautiful, and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its moving as bees in a hive. I loved it."
--Helen Macdonald, author of H Is for Hawk

"A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book."
--Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

"Evocative . . . affecting . . . Readers will appreciate the candor and inviting openness of Jukes's voice throughout this winning memoir."
--Publishers Weekly

"So beautifully written, it's become part of my life. Definitely one of my books of the year."
--Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3

"A special kind of treasure."
--Naomi Booth, author of Sealed

"A lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive."
--Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World

"A book you can't wait to read. It doesn't happen often. Enchanting, real, and full of insight,"
--Mary Colwell

"Luminously honest and affecting . . . Everyone should own this book, which moved and delighted me more than a book about insects had any right to . . . Jukes is a gloriously gifted writer and her book ought to become a key text of this bright moment in our history of nature writing."
--Alex Preston, The Observer

"From its delicious title onwards, this debut about beekeeping is pure delight."
--The Bookseller (editor's pick)