Author(s): Piers Moore Ede
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. First published 2005.
Shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Award 2006, in the 'Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book' category.
'Deeply satisfying. Like honey itself the pages of this book have a sort of gentle and quiet healing property, and yet the author's quest around the world buzzes with all the energy, determination and restlessness of the bees themselves' Benedict Allen 'An extraordinary handbook on the art of escapism ... unusual, compelling and restorative' Alexander Waugh, Mail on Sunday 'Vivid images leave your mouth watering and your senses sharpened. Moore Ede's sense of adventure is compelling ... He imparts the fascinating history of honey with genuine, insightful narrative and a restless passion for knowledge and adventure' Wanderlust 'Moore Ede is a talented young writer ... He is acutely sensitive to landscape, light, people and mood' Guardian
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.