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Sweetness and Light: The Mysterious History of the Honey Bee

By: Hattie Ellis

290 pages, B/w photos


Paperback | Dec 2005 | #152731 | ISBN: 0340734523
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Hardback | Dec 2004 | #149375 | ISBN: 0340734515
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The bee is the most studied creature on the planet after man, and down the ages this insect and its honey have been harnessed by doctors, philosophers, scientists, politicians, artists, writers and architects as both metaphor and material. Also uncovered are the mysterious ways of bees - how they can make up to 24,000 journeys to produce a pound of honey, with each bee producing a teaspoonful in a lifetime. The sinister side of bees - such as the savage, untamed energy of the swarms of African bees that sweep through America - is not ignored.

'A charming insight into the sweetness and dark side of the honeybee ... the history of an international creature that provides a neat reflection of humanity' -- Observer 20040704 'Like the densely packed honeycomb of the hive, her book is jam-packed with information, ideas, stories and questions ... fascinating' -- Independent 20040704 'Richly informative and beautifully written' -- The Times 20040704 'Ellis's wonderful book tells us much more than simply how honey is made. It's a remarkable addition to the literatures of natural and social history.' -- Tom Boncza-Tomaszewski, Independent on Sunday< 20040704 'Ellis is the bee's knees' -- The Guardian 20040704 'Entertaining and thoroughly worthwhile' -- John Carey, The Sunday Times 20040704

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For Hattie Ellis, following the honey bee through history is part of her quest to uncover the cultural and physical roots of food. Hattie's previous books include Eating England and Trading Places. She lives in Lewes, East Sussex.

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