H IS FOR HAWK


H IS FOR HAWK

HELEN MACDONALD    Book Number: 86900    Product format: Hardback

Multi award winning and hugely enjoyable this 'beautiful and nearly feral' book is a literary naturalist's reaction to grief. When Helen MacDonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer (Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood) she had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel and turned to the guidance of 'the once and future king' author T. H. White's chronicle 'The Goshawk' to begin her challenging endeavour. Projecting herself 'in the hawk's wild mind to tame her' tested the limits of Helen's humanity and completely changed her life. Heart-wrenching and humorous, it is an unflinching account of bereavement and a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, with a parallel examination of a legendary writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, madness, myth, memory and history combine in this beautiful literary memoir. 300 roughcut pages, highly desirable in the USA from where we have imported our copies at a discounted price.
Published price: £19.99
Bibliophile price: £6.00


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ISBN 9780802123411
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