H Is for Hawk

Version: Unabridged
Author: Helen MacDonald
Narrator: [No Narrators Added]
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Essays & Anthologies
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2015
# of Units: 9 CDs
Length: 9 hours, 30 minutes
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When Helen Macdonald s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer captivated by hawks since childhood, she d 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 anger 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 Sword and the Stone" author T. H. White s chronicle "The Goshawk" to begin her journey into Mabel s world. Projecting herself in the hawk s wild mind to tame her tested the limits of Macdonald s humanity.

By turns heartbreaking and hilarious, this book is an unflinching account of bereavement, a unique look at the magnetism of an extraordinary beast, and the story of an eccentric falconer and legendary writer. Weaving together obsession, madness, memory, myth, and history, "H Is for Hawk" is a distinctive, surprising blend of nature writing and memoir from a very gifted writer."

Reviews (2)

H is for Hawk

Written by Cold Country on August 4th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 3/5

A forlorn woman's memoir of bereavement begins well, with her memories and comparisons with the life of TH White, but her constant evaluation of every thought, word, and deed quickly becomes tedious, as she slowly devolves into grim self-indulgence and an excuse to behave badly.At first I had compassion for her, but by the end I disliked her justification for every sort of rudeness and demands on other people. Would not recommended this book unless one has a particular interest in training hawks.

Written by Nancy Krehlik on June 25th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

The first time I listened to this book, I didn't like it very much. The narrator's voice did not hold my interest. I decided to listen to it again and to listen intently. This time I find the book captivating. If ins the information about Hawks / Goshawks very interesting. I am enjoying the author's story along with T.H. White's story . So glad I gave it a second chance!

Author Details

Author Details

MacDonald, Helen

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist, as well as an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses. She also worked as a research fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. As a professional falconer, she assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia.