“Turnbull, the longtime cohost of England’s answer to The Today Show, takes up beekeeping on a whim and brings us along on his apiarian adventures. His genial and comedic tone will deliver readers through technical jargon and beekeeping history. The book’s real appeal will be to those who already think backyard bees are a honeyexcuse the punof an idea and who will comb the book for the myriad details of use to other amateur beekeepers.”

Library Journal

“For a news reporter, Bill Turnbull is a pretty funny guy. It’s a good thing, too, because his new book, Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper, demonstrates just how important a ready sense of humor — and the ability to laugh at oneself — is to the amateur apiarist. Turnbull comes across as affable and amused as he relates his initiation into the world of apiculture, and though much of what he shares are his own personal foibles and misadventures, there’s a lot to be learned here. . . . Like front yard gardening, backyard beekeeping is on the rise, and Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper is a honey-sweet introduction to what might otherwise be an intimidating pursuit.”

Mother Nature Network

“In a sea of beekeeping books that read like textbooks, it was an absolute delight to discover Confessions of a Bad Beekeeper. Bill Turnbull presents us with a delightful and amusing book on the basics of beekeeping. Through Turnbull’s self-effacing humor and personal anecdotes, readers will learn a lot about bees—and a thing or two about life itself.”

HOWLAND BLACKISTON, author of Beekeeping for Dummies

“This delightful, funny book will strike a chord with all beekeepers—beginners and seasoned ones alike. We have all done stupid things with bees, and I am glad to report that Bill Turnbull survived and learned from his mistakes. A truly wonderful read.”

DIANA SAMMATARO, PHD, coauthor of The Beekeeper’s Handbook

“Animated and entertaining! Bill Turnbull gives readers an informative glimpse into the enchanting world of beekeeping that is sure to increase their appreciation for these endearing creatures.”

C. MARINA MARCHESE, author of Honeybee: Lessons from an Accidental Beekeeper

“Every beekeeper begins as a bad beekeeper. Fortunately, Bill Turnbull remembers his hilarious beekeeping mistakes and adventures in great detail, and he has bravely transformed them into this honest, entertaining book. It is a must-read even for experienced beekeepers who have already been there and done that, especially as they may have failed to see the humor that Turnbull so skillfully captures.”

NORMAN GARY, PHD, Professor and Apiculturist Emeritus, University of California, Davis, and author of Honey Bee Hobbyist

And from the UK…

“What a fabulous, truthful book from a man who I am sure is a much better beekeeper than he claims to be.”


“A jar of honey will seem like a total miracle after you’ve read [Bill] Turnbull’s entertaining bee book . . . Gripping.”

Daily Mail

“His description of the pleasure bees bring is captivating and told in such an engaging manner. This is truly charming . . . A must hive!”

News of the World

“An entertaining beekeeping memoir.”

The Times

“This book could make us all a little better.”

British Beekeepers’ Association News