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H is for Hawk / Helen Macdonald.

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9780670069552 (hc.)
  • Physical Description: 320 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Random House, 2015.

Content descriptions

General Note: Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: "The story of how one woman trained a goshawk. 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. 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. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for The Once and Future King. It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love. As John Vaillant's The Tiger depicted the dangerous collision of people and nature, H is for Hawk evokes our deepest longings for something wild. 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 Shalers Fish (2001). The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. H is For Hawk is the 2014 Costa Book of the Year winner, the judges calling it, "a unique and beautiful book with a searing emotional honesty, and descriptive language that is unparalleled in modern literature."--Provided by publisher.
Awards Note: Winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award, 2015.
Subject: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964.
Costa Book Awards.
Hawks.
Grief.
Spirituality.
Genre: Memoirs.
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