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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings | Helen Jukes
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'This book has found a special place in my heart. Its as strange, beautiful and unexpected, as precise and exquisite in its movings, as bees in a hive. I loved it' HELEN MACDONALD, author of H IS FOR HAWK An intimate exploration of the heart and home, and a tantalising glimpse into an alien culture. A brave and delicate book, rich and fascinatingNick Hunt, author of Where the Wild Winds Are 'A profound, funny and sometimes deeply moving book that describes a year of inner city bee keeping, while dancing between the history of bees and us and what it means to be human in our modern world' Julia Blackburn, author of Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske A fascinating, insightful and inspiring account of a novice beekeeper's year of keeping honeybees, which will appeal to readers of H is For Hawk and The Outrun Entering her thirties, Helen Jukes feels trapped in an urban grind of office politics and temporary addresses disconnected, stressed. Struggling to settle into her latest job and home in Oxford, she realises she needs to effect a change if shes to create a meaningful life for herself, one that can accommodate comfort and labour and love. Then friends give her the gift of a colony of honeybees according to folklore, bees freely given bring luck and Helen embarks on her first full year of beekeeping. But what does it mean to keep wild creatures? In learning about the bees, what can she learn of herself? And can travelling inside the hive free her outside it? As Helen grapples with her role in the delicate, awe-inspiring ecosystem of the hive, the very act of keeping seems to open up new perspectives, deepen friendships old and new, and make her world come alive. A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is at once a fascinating exploration of the honeybee and the hive, the practices of honey-gathering and the history of our observation of bees; and a beautifully wrought meditation on responsibility and care, on vulnerability and trust, on forging bonds and breaking new ground. 'A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book. A gentle but compelling account of the redemption that comes from relationship and attention' Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast I raced through this really terrific, down-to-earth read. The existential threat to our entire ecosystem posed by the problems facing bees can be hard to grasp, but Helen manages to make this a very personal, human story that, hopefully, might inspire others to action' Luke Turner, The Quietus
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jenniferw88
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Day 6 of my favourite book covers without any explanation. Today i tag @LibrarianRyan

LibrarianRyan Dang you. Okay, I'm Game. 3mo
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Lianneh
Mehso-so

I got this book as a gift. It took me a while to get into it, because this book is not one i would have picked out myself. There are a lot of facts about bees. Around the halfway point I really got into it and finished in one sitting

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BookishMarginalia
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mr_annie
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Warm, meditative and joyful, Helen Jukes‘ account of a year spent keeping bees was just the read I needed as I wait impatiently for spring to arrive. The book blossoms as her hive (and her obsession) develops, and she muses about care, openness, and closeness to our environment and those around us. Interspersed with history and mythology about bees, I would highly recommend this to nature lovers or fans of quiet, introspective memoir.

JennyM Such a beautiful cover 1y
mr_annie Isn‘t it @JennyM?! Every time I put the book down I had to stare. So shiny! 1y
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Mitch
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Such a gorgeous window graphic for this new book. It‘s about a woman who is in a bit of a life rut and is gifted a hive of bees - which are meant to bring good luck. The memoir is her journey to a happy place with the help of the bees. Sounds interesting and the writing has been given high praise. #somethingdifferent