Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist. She has worked as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, as a professional falconer, assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia and bred hunting falcons for Arab royalty. She currently teaches at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.
She is the author of H is for Hawk, which recounts how, under the literary tutelage of T.H. White and in part as a strategy for overcoming personal grief, she acquired and trained a goshawk of her own.