Bee

Claire Preston

Bee

Claire Preston

Distributed for Reaktion Books

224 pages | 117 halftones | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $13.99 ISBN: 9781789140484 Will Publish June 2019 For sale in North and South America only
Claire Preston’s Bee tells the busy story of our long, complex relationship with this industrious, much-admired insect. Moving from ancient political descriptions to Renaissance debates about monarchy, to the conversion of the virtuous and civil bee into the dangerous swarm of the Hollywood horror flick, and finally to the melancholy recognition that the modern decline of the bee is due to our use of harmful pesticides and destruction of the bee’s habitat, this timely new edition could not arrive at a moment of greater buzz. Lively, engaging, and containing many fascinating bee facts, anecdotes, fables, and images, Bee is a sweeping, highly illustrated natural and cultural history of this familiar visitor to our gardens and parks. From beekeepers to anyone with an interest in bees’ intricate, miniature societies, to all of us who enjoy honey on our toast, the appeal of Preston’s exploration of how bees have woven themselves into the fabric of our culture is as expansive as the range and importance of these tiny workaholics themselves.
Review Quotes
James Fleming | Spectator
"Easily the best of several recent bee books. . . . Presents her information cogently and attractively . . . Bee is excellent."
BBC History Magazine
"Engaging. . . . An excellent example of how cultural history can entertainingly cross borders."
Times Literary Supplement
"It is an outstanding book: marvellously researched and annotated, superbly illustrated and exceptionally well written. . . . Preston must have played the bee herself in her meticulous preparation for this book, and she has done this esteemed creature the great service it merits."
Cynthia Allen | Bee Culture
"The kind of book I was looking for when I started beekeeping, a general overview of bees as they have appeared in history, art, and society. Preston presents the true, the absurd and everything in between about honey bees by tracing their reality, mythology, and folklore. . . . fascinating. . . . I recommend . . .  sitting down to enjoy Preston’s new book Bee."
American Bee Journal
"With so many fascinating facts, fables and arcana from art, science, literature and apiculture, Bee offers a compelling meditation on the fortune’s of nature’s workaholic."
Bees for Development Journal
"Even the most widely read beekeeper will find something new here. . . . Most pages of this beautifully presented book have excellent and interesting illustrations. . . . It is a great book to read if you want to gain a wider perspective of bees’ role within our human society."
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