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H Is for Hawk (eBook)
  • H Is for Hawk (eBook)
eBook (ePUB) Published: 31/07/2014

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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.

Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 9781448130726

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I found this book a little hard to get into but it was worth the wait in the end! This book is so raw and that's what made it so beautiful and brilliant. I honestly found this book difficult to put down because... More

Hardback edition
29th July 2014
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I have to confess, that I do not read a lot of nature writing and only the odd biography, and I can’t even say that I’m particularly keen on birds (except for penguins and small owls), but I thought I’d at least read... More

Hardback edition
12th August 2014
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“A beautiful example of nature writing”

This is nature writing at its best, as it shows us both the effect that a wild creature can have on a human and the effect a human can have on a wild creature (whether good or bad). Following the death of her father,... More

Hardback edition
25th August 2014
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