Vesper Flights

Category: Book
By (author): Macdonald, Helen
  NATURE / Animals / Birds
  NATURE / Regional
  NON-FICTION / General
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Published: August 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 288
Size: 8.25in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world

Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights--at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining--in this masterful collection of essays.

From reflections on science fiction to the true story of an Iranian refugee's flight to the UK, Macdonald has a truly omnivorous taste when it comes to observations of both the banal and sublime. Peppered throughout are reminisces of her own life, from her strange childhood in an estate owned by the Theosophical Society to watching total eclipses of the sun, visits to Uzbek solar power plants, eccentric English country shows, and desert hunting camps in the Gulf States.

These essays move from personal experiences into wider meditations about love and loss and how we build the world around us. Whether more journalistic in tone, or literary--even formally experimental--each piece is generous, lyrical, and speaks to one another. Macdonald creates a strong thematic undertow that quietly takes the reader along piece to piece and sets them down, finally, at a place they've never been before.
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 the internationally bestselling memoir H is for Hawk, as well as 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.