H Is For Hawk

Category: Book
By (author): Macdonald, Helen
  FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS / Death, Grief, Bereavement
  NATURE / Animals / Birds
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: March 2016
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.25in x 5.25in
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A bestseller throughout the English-speaking world and a multiple award winner, H Is for Hawk is the exquisitely written story of one woman's journey to the limits of grief and love.

As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge, embarking on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

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

Review Quote*"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." The New York Times
"Nothing short of a triumph." Maclean's
"A pulsing song of life. It's a book to give as a gift, to anyone you know well enough to send sifting through old bones, shattered hearts and mutilated pheasants, in search of grace." The Globe and Mail
Biographical NoteHELEN MACDONALD is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. She also worked as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. She is the author of a cultural history of falcons, titled Falcon, and three collections of poetry. She writes for numerous publications and has a column in the New York Times magazine. She has worked as a professional falconer and assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Europe and Asia.

@HelenJMacdonald The author lives in Cambridge, UK.