About 15 years ago I asked for a good beginner beekeeping book and was handed Ted Hooper's Bees & Honey. Written elegantly, it was in its time the best, and still is a very good book, but it lacked photographs, was a dense read and expected the reader to follow complex operations, often beyond beginner level.Hooper
Sims' book seems to be underrated going by the number of times it gets a mention, a pity really as it's a very good book.After that I would move to Hooper, Donald Sim's 60 Years with Bees and ROB Manley's Honey Farming. These three will accelerate practical beekeeping skill and thinking and show that success with bees (at all levels) is a result of learning to read a colony and to work with simplicity.
Make sure you get the UK edition though, as the American version has a chapter about protecting your hives from Racoons.I was presented with a book from the local library, they were selling off old stock.
The book is called Beekeeping for Dummies, Surprisingly enough a very good informative read .The authors are British so the info is relatable to the UK .Unlike most of the Dummies books which are more geared for American market
Howland Blackiston .
Another I have is by Ted Hooper
Guide to Bees and Honey
Hooper and de Bruyn always within reaching distance near the desk, then authors like JG Digges (still considered the definitive beekeeper's bible after numerous reprints from it's first publication in 1904 to the centenary edition in 2004) and of course Manley and Snelgrove.