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H is for Hawk
Author: Helen Macdonald

ISBN: 9780224097000
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 1 August 2014
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.0 x 14.9 x 3.5
Description:
Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk

Shortlisted for the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize

'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.'

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. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

'To train a ...

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