H Is for Hawk (Large Print / Hardcover)

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As its title suggests, Helen Macdonald's memoir is about a hawk. But the book is not merely about a bird, but the way our lives intersect with animals and the wildness hovering at the edges of our humanity. It's also about loss, grief, and the solace we can find in something fierce. With the emotional pull of Wild and the precise, lyrical prose of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, H is for Hawk is a classic in the making.

— Sparks

March '15 Indie Next List

“This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.”
— Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


As a child the author 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. This book offers an account of his struggle with grief.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410483614
ISBN-10: 1410483614
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2015
Pages: 475
Language: English