H is for Hawk

Helen Macdonald


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  • Vintage / Random House
  • 2015
  • ISBN 9780099575450
  • 320 pages
  • Paperback
  • 20 × 13 × 2.5 cm

As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald’s struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk’s taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love.


*** Winner Costa Book of the Year ***
*** Winner Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction ***

What the critics say:

It just sings. I couldn’t stop reading. – Mark Haddon

This beautiful book is at once heartfelt and clever in the way it mixes elegy with celebration: elegy for a father lost, celebration of a hawk found – and in the finding also a celebration of countryside, forbears of one kind and another, life-in-death. At a time of very distinguished writing about the relationship between human kind and the environment, it is immediately pre-eminent. – Andrew Motion

I’m convinced it’s going to be an absolute classic of nature writing. – Guardian

Captivating… There is a highly polished brilliance to her writing. The English-speaking world has an old passion for books about creatures and captivating companions … Helen Macdonald looks set to revive the genre. – Mark Cocker