Good book, great review!!

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Steve Benbow is a professional beekeeper who runs the London Honey Company. He runs courses for beginners, sells high-end honey and beeswax products and looks after hives for prestigious companies around the capital, the likes of Fortnum and Mason and Tate Modern.

Successful people are rarely popular with everyone, and Steve does appear to be a contentious figure amongst London beekeepers. I’ve heard him described as a ‘wheeler-dealer’, while some question how much of the honey marketed as ‘Fortnum and Masons’ and sold in the store is really produced on the rooftop – and whether bees should be kept high up on urban rooftops at all. (Edit 12/10: Steve has sent me a tweet to say “Thank you for my book review.. just for the record every jar of Fortnum’s rooftop honey is produced on the roof on their store”).

Others greatly admire Steve’s charisma, charm and entreprenurial spirit. Deborah…

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  1. Emily Heath says:

    Thanks so much Deborah!

  2. […] Book review – The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City, by Steve Benbow (2012) (romancingthebee.com) […]

  3. […] Book review – The Urban Beekeeper: A Year of Bees in the City, by Steve Benbow (2012) (romancingthebee.com) […]

    • Sridhar says:

      I am keeping Apis cerana indica (local honeybee) in Mumbai city (India) for the past 4 years. Concept of “do bees get grumpy?” is good. How come do you know that the same bee has chased you for three days? I don’t know. Thanks anyway!

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