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A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
A Year of Keeping Bees
By (author): Helen Jukes
9781524747862 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs May 05, 2020
$35.95 CAD
Active 5.88 x 9.51 x 1 in | 1.05 lb 256 pages B&W ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT Pantheon

An inspiring, up-close portrait of tending to a honeybee hive—a year of living dangerously—watching and capturing the wondrous, complex universe of honeybees and learning an altogether different way of being in the world.

“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
  
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings begins as the author is entering her thirties and feeling disconnected in her life. Uneasy about her future and struggling to settle into her new house in Oxford with its own small garden, she is brought back to a time of accompanying a friend in London—a beekeeper—on his hive visits. And as a gesture of good fortune for her new life, she is given a colony of honeybees. According to folklore, a colony, freely given, brings good luck, and Helen Jules embarks on a rewarding, perilous journey of becoming a beekeeper.
 
Jukes writes about what it means to “keep” wild creatures; on how to live alongside beings whose laws and logic are so different from our own…She delves into the history of beekeeping and writes about discovering the ancient, haunting, sometimes disturbing relationship between keeper and bee, human and wild thing.
 
A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings is a book of observation, of the irrepressible wildness of these fascinating creatures, of the ways they seem to evade our categories each time we attempt to define them. Are they wild or domestic? Individual or collective? Is honey an animal product or is it plant-based? As the author’s colony grows, the questions that have, at first compelled her interest to fade away, and the inbetweenness, the unsettledness of honeybees call for a different kind of questioning, of consideration.
 
A subtle yet urgent mediation on uncertainty and hope, on solitude and friendship, on feelings of restlessness and on home; on how we might better know ourselves. A book that shows us how to be alert to the large and small creatures that flit between and among us and that urge us to learn from this vital force so necessary to be continuation of life on planet Earth.

The subject itself and our fascination with these important creatures, the planet’s central pollinator of food crops.

The environmental urgency to protect and save the honeybees from extinction. If they go, so do we.

The endless appeal of nature writing that can reveal the “intimacies of the wild” and the human spirit.

An exhilarating debut; the richness and subtle power of Jukes’s writing. Published in Germany, Holland, Italy, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary.

Comp titles: H Is for Hawk, The Hidden Life of Trees, A Walk in the Woods, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating, The Secret Lives of Bats, The Soul of an Octopus

Hailed as the Book of the Week by the London Book Review; Editor’s Pick at The Bookseller; Book of the Month at the BBC Countryfile Magazine, and more.

HELEN JUKES was born in London, England, and grew up in the Midlands. She studied at the University of Nottingham and Goldsmiths College. Jukes was among the founding members of the Bee Friendly Trust and tutors at the creative writing program at Oxford University. She lives in Derbyshire, England.

Author Residence: Wye Valley, England

Marketing: Online advertising on gardening and women’s magazines

Facebook and Instagram advertising targeting comps, conservationists, and beekeepers

Partnership with The Honeybee Conservancy or similar organization

Bigmouth mailing to celebrity beekeepers

Outreach to beekeeping classes and associations

Quote card promotion on socials

Spring gardening sweeps with Shalev

Bookstagrammer outreach

Goodreads Giveaways

Mother’s Day promotion

Academic Marketing Campaign



Publicity: National Media Attention including TV, radio and print interview

Women’s magazines

Science and nature media outreach

Science and literary blog and podcast coverage

3-city Author Tour: Boston, New York, and Vermont



Author Website: helenjukes.com/

Author Social Media: @helen__jukes

“Jukes shares insights on her decision to become a beekeeper…Throughout her journey, we see the importance of nature and the potentially devastating effects our separation from nature can lead to. Required reading…  compelling.”
Library Journal

“Helen Jukes provides a fascinating glimpse into the secret world of these mysterious creatures upon whose relentless labor human life hinges.”
—Lisa Alther, author of Swan Song
 
“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
 
“A mesmeric, lovely, quietly powerful book.”
—Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast
 
 “Evocative…affecting…Readers will appreciate the candor and inviting openness of Jukes’s voice throughout this winning memoir.”
Publishers Weekly
 
“So beautifully written, it’s become part of my life. Definitely one of my books of the year.”
—Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3
 
“A special kind of treasure.”
—Naomi Booth, author of Sealed
 
“A lovely, entirely personal journey into the very heart of the hive.”
—Michael Pye, author of The Edge of the World
 
“A book you can’t wait to read. It doesn’t happen often. Enchanting, real, and full of insight,”
—Mary Colwell
 
“Luminously honest and affecting…Everyone should own this book, which moved and delighted me more than a book about insects had any right to…Jukes is a gloriously gifted writer and her book ought to become a key text of this bright moment in our history of nature writing.”
—Alex Preston, The Observer
 
“From its delicious title onwards, this debut about beekeeping is pure delight.”
The Bookseller (editor’s pick)
 

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