Bees are incredible little creatures and as diverse as mankind if you ask me. The African bee has a reputation of being more dangerous that the British one and the humble bumble bee does seem to bumble along. I’ve come across a number of books dealing with bees and so was surprised I hadn’t started a collection of ‘Bee books’ when I came across the Colour of Bee Larkam’s Murder by Sarah J Harris.
I was really taken with Go Set a Watchman which I reviewed as part of a collection on
| Black and white: crossing the colour line
Colour can be eye-catching and nothing more so than black and white next to each other. It reminds me of a South African DJ commenting that Ebony and Ivory by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder was a song about piano-keys -if he hadn’t, perhaps the song would have been banned by the Apartheid government as black and white were not allowed to mix. Others who managed to avoid the radio ban to some extent were South Africa’s white Zulu, Johnny Clegg and Mango Groove.
And of course, at TSL we have:
| Sir Chocolate and the Sugar Dough Bees story and cookbook (square)
A greedy snail damages the flower fields and the fondant bees are in danger of starving. Join Sir Chocolate on an adventure to find the fruit drop fairies who have magic healing powers and discover how to make some of his favourite foods on the way. (Square book)
Where the Bee sucks, a short story by Jane Lockyer Willis in
| Tea at the Opalaco and other stories – Jane Lockyer Willis
A collection of twenty short stories. The Visit was commended for the 2011 John Walter Salver competition and Jane was also awarded second prize in 2015 for her story Undelivered. Several of her pieces have been adapted for radio. “An eclectic collection of stories exploring human relations” “Tearooms, picnics, weddings and romantic encounters abound”.
And there’s Curse of Magira: A novel of East Africa by David Bee, which looks at the First World War in the south of East Africa, whilst Maya Alexandri’s The Celebration Husband covers the north (with one mention of bees). Other single mentions of bees can be found in Ezra Williams’ Selected Pieces and Guthrie McGruer’s The Cardigan Cuckoos.
first published 8 June 2018, updated 2024