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H Is for Hawk (Large Print / Hardcover)

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Wonderful book!  It's hard to explain how Helen MacDonald has woven falconry, grief, depression, TH White and a little Merlin-like magic altogether with training a goshawk, but she does and she does it beautifully.  She makes it all work!  Loved this book!

— Margie at Books Inc. in SF

Helen MacDonald is an unusual person – historian, naturalist, philosopher, scholar – and falconer! Her book is an odd mixture of genres that melds perfectly. I loved her journey with Mabel, her goshawk, and the references to T.H. White’s The Once and Future King. One of my favorite books of 2015. Highly recommended!

— Francesca from Books Inc. in Laurel Village

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