H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald, writer, poet, naturalist, conservationist and historian has been fascinated by falconry from an early age. In H is for Hawk she describes how she acquired and trained a goshawk, known to falconers as one of the most challenging of birds. It's a beautifully written and intensely literary book, written in part as a response and homage to T.H. White's tortured masterpiece The Goshawk, in part as a strategy for dealing with personal tragedy, but mainly as a tribute to this magnificent bird, once driven to extinction in Britain but now making a comeback, thanks mainly to stealthy and often accidental reintroductions on the part of falconers.

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