Featherhood

Charlie Gilmour

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Orion Publishing Co
27 August 2020
ISBN: 9781474609470
Hardback

From the publisher

'One of the best books I have ever read. Incredibly moving' Elton John

'I cant recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald

'Ranks among the best modern coming-of-age memoirs' Sunday Times

'Where Helen Macdonald's H Is For Hawk meets Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals ... Remarkable' Daily Mail

'Beautiful, wise, compassionate and powerful' Isabella Tree

This is a story about birds and fathers.

About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair...

About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own.

It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest.

And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

'An incisive, funny and at times traumatic study of the damage done by destructive father-son relationships and the struggle to smash generational cycles' Evening Standard


'A personal reckoning which is simultaneously brutal and joyous. I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink


'A beautiful book - it made me cry' Simon Amstell