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The Australian Beekeeping Manual is the most comprehensive reference for both novice and experienced beekeepers in Australia. The accessible yet detailed text, supported by over 350 full-colour photographs and illustrations, covers all the key areas, including the beekeeping equipment needed, how to obtain bees, where to locate them in the garden, and the basics of colony management. There are also in-depth chapters on the lifecycle of the honey bee, extracting honey, creating a bee-friendly garden, entering honey in competitions, pests and diseases, native bees, and rearing queens.
A feature of this 2nd edition is the addition of a new chapter on the Flow Hive. The result is an invaluable beekeeping resource that will be referred to time and again, and which can be taken out to the hive for use as an immediate step-by-step guide or read at leisure.
Specifications: eBook | 368 Pages | Full Colour
The Definitive Guide
More and more kiwis are falling in love with bees; as of 2017, 8000 people are now registered beekeepers in New Zealand. Some are professional apiarists, while many enjoy beekeeping as a hobby. Whether you already have experience, or are looking for help getting started, Practical Beekeeping in New Zealand is the trusted bible for everything apiculture.
Now available in full colour, this comprehensive manual provides information, practical advice and expert guidance on all aspects of honeybee management. With it, learn all you need to know about this fascinating, rewarding pastime, and experience for yourself the satisfaction of nurturing your hives.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook Download | 288 Pages |
Vanishing Killers of the Animal Kingdom
Did you know that it’s possible to be bitten by a snake’s head for up to an hour after it’s been decapitated? On the flip side, for every person bitten by a shark each year, 25 people are bitten by New Yorkers. These facts and many more appear in this fascinating, beautifully illustrated tribute to our world’s ‘deadly’ wildlife.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 15 Original Artworks | 272 Pages
Truth and Lies About Cats
We cannot get enough of cats: from ancient times they have occupied a special place in many different cultures around the world. They have also generated a fascinating array of words, expressions and observations, as well as poems, books, movies, cartoons and artworks. In this witty and entertaining book, Max Cryer celebrates cats and all they have given to us. He describes the many words and expressions they have inspired, from ‘catnip’ and ‘catwalk’ to ‘the cat’s whiskers’ and ‘raining cats and dogs’, as well as famous cat characters like Garfield, Felix the Cat, The Cat in the Hat and Puss in Boots, songs as varied as ‘What’s New Pussycat?’ and ‘The Cats’ Duet’, and poems like ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’ and ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’. The cats owned by famous celebrities are described, from Elizabeth Taylor’s ‘Jeepers Creepers’ to Dr Johnson’s ‘Hodge’. In other chapters he explores cats’ attributes, the strength of their night vision and sense of smell, their sleep requirements, life expectancy and much more. Surprising facts – and spurious fictions – can be found on almost every page.
Everything you ever wanted to know about cats can be enjoyed in this magnificent compendium of a book. It is a delight from beginning to end to be read with one on your lap.
Specifications: eBook | 192 Pages
Animal lovers everywhere will delight in this gorgeously illustrated story of Paddy, a young rainforest kangaroo. Separated from his mother as a baby, Paddy is rescued by an Irish family who care for him as he grows. Soon, though, he begins to wonder who he really is, and so sets off on an adventure through the jungle to find his true home, meeting many interesting animals along the way.
This endearing book pays homage to the amazing variety of wildlife of the rainforest and highlights the importance of doing what we can to protect our natural treasures.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook Download | 32 Pages |
Max Cryer’s new book is a splendid collection of historical facts and eccentricities of language that will delight all dog-lovers and anyone with a morsel of interest in the world around them. Every Dog Has Its Day pays homage to man’s best friend, telling the stories of famous dogs in history, tracing the origins of some of our favourite breeds, showing how dogs have become a significant part of our language, and describing the amazing range of activities in which dogs are involved. Written with Max Cryer’s characteristic light touch and sense of humour, every page contains unexpected facts and fascinating stories: this book truly is a delight from beginning to end.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 200 Pages |
Few people can appreciate the joy that being owned by a cat brings better than David St John Thomas — the latest in a long line of publishers and authors to pay homage to the very special cats who have entered their busy lives.
This is a book for everyone who really cares about cats. Vividly written, sometimes serious, sometimes light-hearted, anyone who has fallen for a cat, however much against their better judgement, is bound to find it uplifting. While cat people are nice (Hitler couldn’t stand them!), the real heroes in this book are naturally the cats themselves. A rich portfolio of feline characters — including the author’s own cats — step off the page, of perhaps lie curled in seductive curves on it, so vividly that you can feel their fur and hear their purr!
Rich in entertaining anecdotes and asides, For the Love of a Cat will enhance every cat owner’s understanding of their feline friend and remind them again and again just how lucky they are to share their lives with this most fascinating of creatures.
Specifications: eBook | 248 Pages
That cats do have nine lives
This book is bound to make you both laugh and cry! Living Proof is a celebration of our favourite pet and its amazing ability to survive against all the odds. A collection of true stories from around the world, it showcases cats and kittens with a range of histories who have survived remarkable, sometimes near-fatal, adventures to enjoy a happy ending!
These incredible stories include cats who have survived horrendous natural disasters, others who have travelled unbelievable distances to return home, and heart-warming stories of once neglected and abandoned cats who have gone on to become show winners!
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 152 Pages |
Dogs have a way of making our lives feel complete. They’re there for us through good times and bad, with their wholehearted engagement in life a lesson to us all on living in the moment. Woof: A book of happiness for dog lovers is a compendium of delightful quotes that capture the essence of our affection for these wonderful animals. Some are by famous people (Aldous Huxley, Mark Twain, Charles M. Schulz, Milan Kundera, G.K. Chesterton), others not; some are philosophical, others light-hearted — all are memorable.
Accompanied by beautiful photography, and presented in a high-quality gift format, this is a collection of quotes to treasure.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | Colour | 160 Pages |
Working dogs and their stories
Humans are indebted to dogs. We get them to do all the jobs we can’t do; we expect them to save our lives, uphold the law, find our missing, comfort our sick and elderly, be our eyes and ears, watch over our families, move our stock, entertain us and keep us warm – all for a bowl of food, the tug of a toy and a pat at the end of the day.
Dogs should be revered and recognised for achieving great feats to improve human life, and this book unashamedly does just that. It tells the stories of a number of dogs, from their initial selection for work, to their training, their work experiences and their relationships with their handlers and masters. A long-time dog-owner and journalist, Maria Alomajan fleshes out each story with colourful and heartwarming anecdotes based on her interviews with the owners of these selfless animals, together with a host of charming photographs.
Among the animals profiled in the book are dogs working for the police and customs; farm dogs; therapy and guide dogs; search and detection dogs (including cancer, cadaver, truffle, avalanche, LandSAR and USAR dogs); acting, model and show dogs; sled dogs and mascots.
SPECIFICATIONS: eBook | 160 Pages |