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The Resource H is for hawk, Helen Macdonald

H is for hawk, Helen Macdonald

Label
H is for hawk
Title
H is for hawk
Statement of responsibility
Helen Macdonald
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. 'To train a hawk you must watch it like a hawk, and so gain the ability to predict what it will do next. Eventually you don't see the hawk's body language at all. You seem to feel what it feels. The hawk's apprehension becomes your own. As the days passed and I put myself in the hawk's wild mind to tame her, my humanity was burning away. Destined to be a classic of nature writing, 'H is for hawk' 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. At the same time, it's a kaleidoscopic biography of the brilliant and troubled novelist T. H. White, best known for 'The once and future king'. It's a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to try to reconcile death with life and love
Summary
Recounts how the author, an experienced falconer grieving the sudden death of her father, endeavored to train for the first time a dangerous goshawk predator as part of her personal recovery
Tone
Writing style
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2015
  • Costa Biography Award, 2014.
  • Costa Book of the Year Award, 2014
  • Library Journal Best Books 2015
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2015
  • Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, 2014.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10392024
Cataloging source
UKMGB
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1970-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Macdonald, Helen
Dewey number
598.944
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • White, T. H.
  • Macdonald, Helen
  • Grief
  • Spirituality
  • Hawks
Target audience
adult
Label
H is for hawk, Helen Macdonald
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: PART I -- 1.Patience -- 2.Lost -- 3.Small worlds -- 4.Mr White -- 5.Holding tight -- 6.The box of stars -- 7.Invisibility -- 8.The Rembrandt interior -- 9.The rite of passage -- 10.Darkness -- 11.Leaving home -- 12.Outlaws -- 13.Alice, falling -- 14.The line -- 15.For whom the bell -- 16.Rain -- 17.Heat -- PART II -- 18.Flying free -- 19.Extinction -- 20.Hiding -- 21.Fear -- 22.Apple Day -- 23.Memorial -- 24.Drugs -- 25.Magical places -- 26.The flight of time -- 27.The new world -- 28.Winter histories -- 29.Enter spring -- 30.The moving earth
Control code
000053213775
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780224097000
Isbn Type
(hardback)
System control number
(OCoLC)881019108
Label
H is for hawk, Helen Macdonald
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Content category
text
Contents
Machine generated contents note: PART I -- 1.Patience -- 2.Lost -- 3.Small worlds -- 4.Mr White -- 5.Holding tight -- 6.The box of stars -- 7.Invisibility -- 8.The Rembrandt interior -- 9.The rite of passage -- 10.Darkness -- 11.Leaving home -- 12.Outlaws -- 13.Alice, falling -- 14.The line -- 15.For whom the bell -- 16.Rain -- 17.Heat -- PART II -- 18.Flying free -- 19.Extinction -- 20.Hiding -- 21.Fear -- 22.Apple Day -- 23.Memorial -- 24.Drugs -- 25.Magical places -- 26.The flight of time -- 27.The new world -- 28.Winter histories -- 29.Enter spring -- 30.The moving earth
Control code
000053213775
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
300 pages
Isbn
9780224097000
Isbn Type
(hardback)
System control number
(OCoLC)881019108

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