H is for Hawk
So beautifully written it’s almost poetry, this book is a deeply moving memoir about a woman overcoming grief through the challenging process of training a goshawk. Insightful and vivid, this is nature writing at its best. I absolutely loved this book - Rachael
The Birds and the Beesseries was designed for Vintage Classics by Timorous Beasties, the Scottish studio famous for their designs inspired by the natural world.As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. Years later, when her father died, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for e800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. Her story is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming.WINNER OF THE 2014 SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE
Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk
Costa Book of the Year.
Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction 2014.
"It just sings. I couldn't stop reading." -- Mark Haddon "This beautiful book is at once heartfelt and clever in the way it mixes elegy with celebration: elegy for a father lost, celebration of a hawk found - and in the finding also a celebration of countryside, forbears of one kind and another, life-in-death. At a time of very distinguished writing about the relationship between human kind and the environment, it is immediately pre-eminent." -- Andrew Motion "This is a book made from the heart that goes to the heart... It combines old and new nature and human nature with great originality. No one who has looked up to see a bird of prey cross the sky could read it and not have their life shifted." -- Tim Dee "H is for Hawk is a dazzling piece of work: deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence... The result is a deeply human work shot through...with intelligence and compassion... I will be surprised if a better book that H is for Hawk is published this year." -- Melissa Harrison Financial Times "I'm convinced it's going to be an absolute classic of nature writing." -- Nick Barley Guardian
Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her books include Falcon (2006) and Shaler's Fish (2001).