Letters to a Beekeeper

By Alys Fowler and Steve Benbow

A beautifully illustrated story of friendship, passion and useful insects

Monday, 22 August 2016

August 2016 update

In case anyone missed the update about the book that was sent to all subscribers from John Mitchinson, the book's publisher, on 22nd August 2016, you can read it again here:


Dear Subscriber,

I am writing to apologise for the ridiculous length of time we have taken to produce Letters to a Beekeeper

I can’t think of any other book that I’ve been involved in that has had such a complicated birth: the authors and the team at Unbound have now spent two years trying to get the material into a state which lives up to our original vision for the book. 

I’m very pleased to report that, at long last, we all think we have succeeded. Despite a long list of obstacles, the final completely revised and re-edited version of the book will be laid out by the brilliant design team at Holmes Wood, in September. 

It would be utterly foolish of me to predict an actual delivery date, given our track record, but once the design process is underway we will send more regular updates. 

The story the book will tell in words and pictures is Alys’s first year as a beekeeper, and the making of a garden at Tate Britain, where Steve is the visiting beekeeper. It will be beautiful, useful and inspiring. There is nothing out there remotely like it. 

They say the proof of the pudding is in the eating and attached is a photo of Alys’s new crop of honey that she has just sent Steve. It tastes, she says, ‘f**king amazing’! 

And that’s what we all expect the book to be. 

Thank you for your patience.


John Mitchinson - Co-founder and Publisher, Unbound

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