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H is for Hawk
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H is for Hawk (Paperback)

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  • Winner of the Costa Book of the Year


  • Winner of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction






As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.





H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.



BiographyMemoirsNatural World & The EnvironmentThe natural world, country life & petsWildlife: birds & birdwatchingSport & HobbiesSports & outdoor recreationField sports: archery, fishing, hunting, shootingHunting or shooting animals & game Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 26/02/2015 ISBN-13: 9780099575450  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Falcon (2006) and Shaler's Fish (2001).

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Wonderful writing especially about the countryside round Cambridge where she flies the goshawk. Beautiful perceptive observations of the hawk and a carefully documented self-appraisal of her mourning process. I found the intertwining of her own story with that of TH White both illuminating and touching. A high quality read. By the end I was glad to bid farewell to the author and her grieving process but it had been an enriching journey.

- 31/03/2015
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