Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

Liquid Gold: Bees and the Pursuit of Midlife Honey

by Roger Morgan-Grenville


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After a chance meeting in the pub, Roger Morgan-Grenville and his friend Duncan decide to take up beekeeping. Their enthusiasm matched only by their ignorance, they are pitched into an arcane world of unexpected challenges.

Coping with many setbacks along the way, they manage to create a colony of beehives, finishing two years later with more honey than anyone knows what to do with. By standing back from their normal lives and working with the cycle of the seasons, they emerge with a new-found understanding of nature and a respect for the honeybee and the threats it faces.

Wryly humorous and surprisingly moving, Liquid Gold is the story of a friendship between two unlikely men at very different stages of their lives. It is also an uplifting account of the author’s own midlife journey: coming to terms with an empty nest, getting older, looking for something new.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781785786051
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 05/12/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 778,349
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Roger Morgan-Grenville was a soldier in the British Army Royal Green Jackets from 1978 to 1986. After leaving the army he ran a small company importing kitchenware. In 2007–08, he helped to set up the charity Help for Heroes.

Table of Contents

Prologue: 1969 xi

1 The Beginnings: May 1

2 The Beard: The following March 21

3 The Auction: April 43

4 The Ukrainian: Late April 65

5 The Referendum: June 83

6 A Pot of Honey: August 105

7 Tragedy: October 123

8 In the Bleak Midwinter: Late December 141

9 The Sting: The following April 157

10 The Kebab Van: May 173

11 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn: June 189

12 The Jackpot: August 201

13 The 77th Annual Honey Show: September 215

Epilogue: The Plight of the Bee, And How You Can Help 237

Glossary of Terms 249

Acknowledgements 253

Notes 255


‘A great book. Painstakingly researched, but humorous, sensitive and full of wisdom. I’m on the verge of getting some bees as a consequence of reading the book.'

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