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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings

Narrated by: Jane Collingwood
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)
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Summary

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 30s, 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 she’s 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 and 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.

©2018 Helen Jukes (P)2018 Simon & Schuster UK

Critic reviews

"This book has found a special place in my heart. It’s 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)

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A wonderful and languorous tale of how bees can change your view of the world.

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I really enjoyed this audiobook, it was perfect company. Wonderfully read and very well written. I would have been content to learn about bees, but this book offers so much more than that.

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  • 10-09-18

Didn’t want it to end

This isn’t a book I couldn’t put down, because it is dense so I enjoyed chewing on it one bite at a time. But I was really sad when it came to an end. A really beautifully told tale of a millennial and her bees. Well narrated. Definitely one I will enjoy over again.