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H is for Hawk / Helen Macdonald.


When Helen Macdonald's father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer, Helen had never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk, but in her grief, she saw that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament mirrored her own. Resolving to purchase and raise the deadly creature as a means to cope with her loss, she adopted Mabel, and turned to the guidance of The Once and Future King author T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to begin her challenging endeavor. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild mind to tame her" tested the limits of Macdonald's humanity and changed her life.

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  • ISBN: 0802123414
  • ISBN: 9780802123411
  • Physical Description: 300 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2014]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally published: London : Jonathan Cape, 2014.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note:
Lost -- Small worlds -- Mr White -- Holding tight -- The box of stars -- Invisibility -- The Rembrandt interior -- The rite of passage -- Darkness -- Leaving home -- Outlaws -- Alice, falling -- The line -- For whom the bell -- Rain -- Heat -- Flying free -- Extinction -- Hiding -- Fear -- Apple day -- Memorial -- Drugs -- Magical places -- The flight of time -- The new world -- Winter histories -- Enter spring -- The moving earth.
Subject: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964 > Influence.
Grief > Biography.
Human-animal relationships > Biography.
Genre: Autobiographies.

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