Honey and Dust: Travels in Search of Sweetness

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Bloomsbury, 2006 - Bee culture - 290 pages
After being seriously injured in a hit-and-run, Piers Moore Ede goes to an organic farm in Italy to recuperate. There, a beekeeper shows him the magic of the beehive and Piers, depressed since his accident, realises that honey might be his salve and salvation. This is the story of his quest to seek out the most wondrous honeys in the world, from the terracotta bee jars of the Lebanon to the clay cylinders of Syria. Slowly his personal tribulations fall into perspective against the backdrop of the dwindling traditions of the honey-farmers. Hunting wild honey from cliffs with Gurung tribesmen in Nepal, and in vast jungle trees with Veddah tribesmen in Sri Lanka, Piers draws close to the very origins of life. But honey is the real luminary of Honey and Dust and it is by witnessing nature's astonishing healing powers that Piers finally finds his own sense of regeneration.

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Reading about the adventures of Piers Moore Ede in his quest to track ancient apiculture (beekeeping) methods in the modern world was just a delight. It appealed to me on so many levels. As a ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Piers Moore Ede has worked as a farmer, boat driver, surfing instructor, poetry teacher, and baker. He has travelled widely and contributed to many literary, travel and environmental publications including- the Telegraph, the Times Literary Supplement, Ecologist, Traveller and Earth Island Journal.

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