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Featherhood: On Birds and Fathers

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 27/08/2020
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This is a story about birds and fathers. About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair... About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night. It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own. It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest. And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474609470
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 398g
  • Dimensions: 220 x 140 x 32 mm

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I bought this book after hearing the author talking about the book on Radio Sussex. It is very funny , sad and uplifting all at the same time. Beautifully ... READ MORE
Kate Chadwick
Astonishing memoir
There is so much to praise in this beautiful work. Charlie Gilmour's journalism has always been utterly sharp and incisive. This is that and more so - it i... READ MORE
Peter Harpley
Bards and bairns
Charlie Gimour? I'd never heard of him before, but "Featherhood" was such a good title that I was drawn in. I thought I would fly through it, and I was wro... READ MORE
Gerald Kenny