Friday, 12 February 2016

Frank Linton, author of, The Observation Hive Handbook, and the 'Beekeepers Quarterly'

So remember I wrote this review??

Well I was really pleased to be contacted by the author earlier this week thanking me for the review that I wrote and we have had quite a nice conversation back and forth via e-mail which I thought I would share with you.

Glad you like the book.
Thank you for the review.
Frank Linton

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Hi Frank,

you are more than welcome…just out of curiosity how did you find the review?? I realised after I received this mail that I have never written the authors name…only book title…this is something I need to remedy.


The book was published in mid-2015 and I had asked some bee supply companies and some observation hive manufacturers to consider putting it in their 2016 catalogs and on their websites. 
I was searching the Internet for the title to see which sites it appeared on. Most of the sites I found were country-specific branches of or resellers such as e-Bay, but I did see it on some bee suppliers' website. Your site was unusual, so I checked it out.
I do recommend getting an observation hive. You will learn a lot about bees and all your colonies will benefit.

Hi Frank,

Yes I guess my site is a little on the unusual Basically Grantham beekeepers are a district of L.B.K.A. and therefore members of British Beekeepers Association. I set the blog up as I thought it would be good for members. I was hoping that members would share stories and pictures for me to post but that rarely happens and so I usually do the writing. I have always been an avid reader and like to look for all sorts of books and have found many good bee books. So far yours is the only observation hive book I have found from a personal point of view.

I would love an observation hive…unfortunately neither my son or Hubby like bees AT ALL and so my hives are not in my garden and unfortunately never will be!!

Anyway thank you for visiting the blog and I’m glad you enjoyed the review…would you mind if I published your comments on it?? I rarely get contacted but it does have quite a wide audience and I do love the personal touch.



Feel free to post my comments.
You may also refer to the review of the book in the last issue of the Beekeepers Quarterly, which was quite positive. 
I'd like to have Showler's book on observation hives, just to have it, the reissued version. The shipping cost from the UK is almost the same as the book's cost, and I can't find a US dealer that has it, so I'm ditthering... 

Hi Frank,
which beekeepers quarterly would that be??.


Here's the URL to the online version: 
I subscribe to the print version:
I don't know how broad their circulation is. 
Personally, I find the lack of information about this periodical and other items from Northern Bee Books
a bit frustrating.
And their website is very slow. I thought it was broken.

I have since checked out the website for the quarterly and you can actually download a sample to look at. The quarterly is well written and has lots of info in it so you may want to check it out. I haven't subscribed but I am thinking about it and thought some other readers may find it of interest too, just take note on Frank's comments of the websites being quite slow.

I would just like to personally thank Frank for showing an interest in the blog and being willing to give me more info and also thanking me for reviewing his book. I really feel that  should also be thanking  him for writing his book too as I really enjoyed reading it and maybe, one day, I will get that observation hive I would love to own.


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