H is for Hawk


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Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize Winner of the 2014 Costa Book of the Year Award Shortlisted for the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize Shortlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize `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 ...

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Feb 21, 2016


This book is so good--uplifting while dealing with the difficult subject of death. She writes poetically, beautifully. When lauded books turn out to be as good as, or even better than, the praise, I am captured.


Aug 22, 2015

a good read

I enjoyed this book very much, even though I had no previous knowledge of hawking. I took a star off my rating because there are some passages in the book that I thought could have been omitted. I got very weary of hearing about EB White. I wanted more about Ms. MacDonald. The book is superbly written and for that reason alone should be read. It was moving and fascinating.

Katherine H

Jun 8, 2015

Bought for Fathers Day

Couldn't resist reading before gifting. Bought because of our last name.

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