Whitaker, J. York Publishing. 2011. Soft back 203 pp. ISBN: 978-0-9567992-0-3 Beekeeping is the most fascinating and absorbing of pastimes. This book developed from the course Whitaker presented to new beekeepers at his local association for several years. One of the joys of beekeeping is the diversity of approach and this is to be celebrated. But there are two fundamental premises that govern Whitaker’s beekeeping and underpin the ethos behind this book – sound knowledge of the natural history of honeybees and keeping healthy bees.