H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

H is for Hawk

By Helen MacDonald

  • Release Date: 2014-07-31
  • Genre: Nature
Score: 4.5
4.5
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Description

THE NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER

**WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR**

**WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION**

**WINNER OF THE PRIX DU MEILLEUR LIVRE ÉTRANGER**

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.

Reviews

  • Delightfully thought provoking

    5
    By Viv, Taunton
    I read this book over a weekend and loved it. The unfolding story of the relationship with the hawk is described in an informative and inclusive way. I didn't expect her account to take me to another place, but it did.
  • A is for Accipiter.

    5
    By Gnickgname
    Engaging biographies, autobiography, and natural philosophies. To read this book without learning a new word or fact is to be truly erudite. Spoilt by some popular certainty about climate change, political attitude and monoculture... But Hey Ho: Bird's eye, Fish fingers, White's eye, Trigger fingers Life/Death, Love/Hate, Lost and Found, Rapturous Poetry.

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