What’s the connection between beekeeping and a literary figure? It’s elementary!

This entry was posted on Monday, July 18th, 2011 at 5:19 PM

I’m working on a project at the moment that makes me feel very lucky to be doing what I do to earn my crust. I’m editing a book on beekeeping for novices by a talented photographer, David Wootton. And it reminded me about something my beekeeping friend, Jules, told me about a connection with Sherlock Holmes.David decided to write a book aimed at novices after taking up beekeeping in 2008 and finding that most of the available information presumed at least a little knowledge on the subject.

The first edition of his book, ‘Beekeeping: a novice’s guide’,  came out in October last year and has been selling well through his website and on Amazon. He’s learned quite a bit more since then so he decided to add more details. He’s also written three new chapters covering how to build a hive; making up frames; and a guide to pollen.  Of course, both editions are illustrated by his stunning photos.

So what about that connection to Sherlock Holmes?  Well, apparently, following the outcry from loyal readers after he’d killed him off, Conan Doyle resurrected Sherlock and had him retire to the Sussex Downs. There, he took up the hobby of beekeeping and eventually produced a “Practical Handbook of Bee Culture, with some Observations upon the Segregation of the Queen”.

Jules was a big fan of the books in her teens and Sherlock’s interest in bees gave her a fascination for these industrious insects. For many years she tried to persuade her Dad to keep them but he wouldn’t entertain the idea.  She finally got her own hive last year and says she can’t wait for the second edition of David’s book to come out.

Now I’m sure any Sherlock Holmes fans reading this will correct me if I’ve misunderstood, missed out any details, or just got it completely wrong. Please do let me know!




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