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H Is for Hawk

 
 
Author
Helen Macdonald.
Publisher Grove  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
ISBN 9780802124739
Pages/Publication Date 300/2016
Daedalus Item Code 59891
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(Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and the Costa Book of the Year Award, and a New York Times Best Book of 2015) When her father died suddenly on a London street, falconer Helen Macdonald was devastated; in her grief, she turned to the creature whose fierce and feral temperament mirrored hers. Mabel was a goshawk, and Macdonald—a poet, illustrator, and naturalist, as well as the author of the cultural history Falcon—had never before attempted to train so wild and uncontrollable a bird. Yet with the unlikely guidance of T.H White's The Goshawk, Macdonald set about projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her," ultimately testing the limits of her own humanity and changing her life. Obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history combine in this distinctive and outstanding blend of nature writing and memoir.

"Breathtaking.... Helen Macdonald renders an indelible impression of a raptor's fierce essence—and her own—with words that mimic feathers, so impossibly pretty we don't notice their astonishing engineering."—NYTBR

"An elegantly written amalgam of nature writing, personal memoir, literary portrait and an examination of bereavement.... It illuminates unexpected things in unexpected ways."—Washington Post

"Helen Macdonald's beautiful and nearly feral book ... reminds us that excellent nature writing can lay bare some of the intimacies of the wild world as well. Her book is so good that, at times, it hurt me to read it. It draws blood, in ways that seem curative.... [An] instant classic."—NYTimes

 
 
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