H is for Hawk: A BBC2 Between the Covers pick

Helen Macdonald

H is for Hawk: A BBC2 Between the Covers pick
Vintage Publishing
United Kingdom
10 February 2015

H is for Hawk: A BBC2 Between the Covers pick

Helen Macdonald

Winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize 2014
Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award 2014

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for GBP800 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.

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.

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