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H is for hawk

H is for hawk

Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author

'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' 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 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. This book 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

Paperback, Large print, Book. English.
Published Rearsby: Clipper Large Print, 2015
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  • Readers at Home – Earliest copy due back 12th November

    Barcode Shelfmark Loan type Status
    C140652260 Large print 799.232 Adult Non Fiction Due back 12th November


Statement of responsibility: Helen Macdonald
ISBN: 1510009787, 9781510009783
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 384 pages (large print)
Subject: Hawks.; White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964.; Grief.; Popular Science.; Macdonald, Helen, 1970-; Large type books.; Spirituality.; Popular Science and Mathematics.