H is for Hawk
Score: 3.5
From 1,903 Ratings

H is for Hawk


  • Author : Helen Macdonald
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143194682


H is for Hawk Book Description :

Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk. 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. 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. As John Vaillant’s The Tiger depicted the dangerous collision of people and nature, H is for Hawk evokes our deepest longings for something wild. With stunning language that that resonates long after the book’s conclusion, H is for Hawk is destined to be a classic of nature writing.

H is for Hawk
Score: 3.5
From 1,903 Ratings

H is for Hawk


  • Author : Helen Macdonald
  • Publisher : Penguin Canada
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143194682


H is for Hawk Book Description :

Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk. 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. 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. As John Vaillant’s The Tiger depicted the dangerous collision of people and nature, H is for Hawk evokes our deepest longings for something wild. With stunning language that that resonates long after the book’s conclusion, H is for Hawk is destined to be a classic of nature writing.

The Goshawk
Score: 4.5
From 4 Ratings

The Goshawk


  • Author : T. H. White
  • Publisher : New Canadian Library
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 131
  • ISBN 10 : 9781551998046


The Goshawk Book Description :

The Goshawk is a non-fiction memoir by T. H. White, the author of The Once and Future King, chronicalling multiple attempts, with various degrees of success, to acquire and train a Goshawk, a large bird of prey. White is a novice at the start of the book, and he brings the reader along with him as he slowly learns how to tame the fierce, fearless predators. Training goshawks was also the subject of English author Helen Macdonald’s award-winning 2014 novel H is for Hawk. Penguin Random House Canada is proud to bring you classic works of literature in e-book form, with the highest quality production values. Find more today and rediscover books you never knew you loved.

H Is for Hawk  A Novel by Helen Macdonald   Conversation Starters

H Is for Hawk A Novel by Helen Macdonald Conversation Starters


  • Author : dailyBooks
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  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Study Aids
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H Is for Hawk A Novel by Helen Macdonald Conversation Starters Book Description :

H Is for Hawk: by Helen Macdonald | Conversation Starters A Brief Look Inside: EVERY GOOD BOOK CONTAINS A WORLD FAR DEEPER than the surface of its pages. The characters and their world come alive, and the characters and its world still live on. Conversation Starters is peppered with questions designed to bring us beneath the surface of the page and invite us into the world that lives on. These questions can be used to... Create Hours of Conversation: • Foster a deeper understanding of the book • Promote an atmosphere of discussion for groups • Assist in the study of the book, either individually or corporately • Explore unseen realms of the book as never seen before Disclaimer: This book you are about to enjoy is an independent resource to supplement the original book, enhancing your experience of H Is for Hawk. If you have not yet purchased a copy of the original book, please do before purchasing this unofficial Conversation Starters.

Falcon
Score: 3.5
From 2 Ratings

Falcon


  • Author : Helen Macdonald
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2016-11-15
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781780236896


Falcon Book Description :

Before best-selling author Helen Macdonald told the story of the goshawk in H Is for Hawk, she told the story of the falcon, in a cultural history of the masterful creature that can “cut the sky in two” with the “perfectly aerodynamic profile of a raindrop,” as she so incisively puts it. In talon-sharp prose she explores the spell the falcon has had over her and, by extension, all of us, whether we’ve seen them “through binoculars, framed on gallery walls, versified by poets, flown as hunting birds, through Manhattan windows, sewn on flags, stamped on badges, or winnowing through the clouds over abandoned arctic radar stations.” Macdonald dives through centuries and careens around the globe to tell the story of the falcon as it has flown in the wild skies of the natural world and those of our imagination. Mixing history, myth, and legend, she explores the long history of the sport of falconry in many human cultures—from Japan to Abu Dhabi to Oxford; she analyzes the falcon’s talismanic power as a symbol in art, politics, and business; and she addresses the ways we have both endangered and protected it. Along the way we discover how falcons were mobilized in secret military projects; their links with espionage, the Third Reich, the Holy Roman Empire, and space programs; and how they have figured in countless stories of heroism and, of course, the erotic. Best of all, Macdonald has given us something fresh: a new introduction that draws on all her experience to even further invigorate her cherished subject. The result is a deeply informed book written with the same astonishing lyrical grace that has captivated readers and had everyone talking about this writer-cum-falconer.

The Twelve Birds of Christmas
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

The Twelve Birds of Christmas


  • Author : Stephen Moss
  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2019-10-31
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473569836


The Twelve Birds of Christmas Book Description :

Naturalist Stephen Moss digs beneath the surface of some of our most popular Christmas carols in an ornithological celebration of the Festive Season. Using the structure of the carol as a jumping off point, he explores the place of twelve fascinating British birds in our history, culture and landscape. Some of the birds are obvious, there’s the swan and of course the partridge. Other chapters are loose interpretations of a verse: for drummers drumming he delves into the woodpecker's distinctive drumming tap. Woodpeckers, he explains, have special padded skulls to mitigate against using its head like hammer drills. They carefully select dead trees for the most hollow, sonorous sound. With brilliant anecdotes and insights, Stephen Moss weaves history, culture, bird behaviour and folklore into a compelling narrative for each species, tracing its fortunes over the past two centuries. PRAISE FOR STEPHEN MOSS: 'A superb naturalist and writer' Chris Packham 'Moss has carved out an enviable niche as a chronicler of the natural world' Daily Mail

Birds Art Life

Birds Art Life


  • Author : Kyo Maclear
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-01-03
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501154201


Birds Art Life Book Description :

"A writer's search for inspiration, beauty, and solace leads her to birds in this ... meditation on creativity and life"--

The Man Who Climbs Trees
Score: 3.5
From 3 Ratings

The Man Who Climbs Trees


  • Author : James Aldred
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2018-05-22
  • Genre: Nature
  • Pages : 217
  • ISBN 10 : 9781328473530


The Man Who Climbs Trees Book Description :

“A vertiginous, white-knuckled adventure through some of the most spectacular forests in the world.” ?—Washington Post Meet the man who climbs trees for a living.? In this adventure memoir, Aldred carries us with him across the globe and up to the top of these towering forest titans as he recalls his most memorable encounters with trees and their inhabitants.? Every child knows the allure of climbing trees. But how many of us get to make a living at it, spending days observing nature from the canopies of stunning forests all around the world? As a wildlife cameraman for the BBC and National Geographic, James Aldred spends his working life high up in trees, poised to capture key moments in the lives of wild animals and birds. Aldred’s climbs take him to the most incredible and majestic trees in existence. In Borneo, home to the tallest tropical rain forest on the planet, just getting a rope up into the 250-foot-tall trees is a challenge. In Venezuela, even body armor isn’t guaranteed protection against the razor-sharp talons of a nesting Harpy Eagle. In Australia, the peace of being lulled to sleep in a hammock twenty-five stories above the ground— after a grueling day of climbing and filming—is broken by a midnight storm that threatens to topple the tree. In this vivid account of memorable trees he has climbed (“Goliath,” “Apollo,” “Roaring Meg”), Aldred blends incredible stories of his adventures in the branches with a fascination for the majesty of trees to show us the joy of rising—literally—above the daily grind, up into the canopy of the forest.

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings


  • Author : Helen Jukes
  • Publisher : Pantheon
  • Release Date : 2020
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9781524747862


A Honeybee Heart Has Five Openings Book Description :

Originally published: London: Scribner, 2018.

Spill Simmer Falter Wither
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Spill Simmer Falter Wither


  • Author : Sara Baume
  • Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Release Date : 2016-03-08
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780544716223


Spill Simmer Falter Wither Book Description :

Winner of the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature * Winner of the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Award * Short-listed for the Costa First Novel Award * Long-listed for the Desmond Elliott Prize * Long-listed for the Guardian First Book Award 2015, Readers’ Choice * Long-listed for the Warwick Prize for Writing 2015 * Long-listed for 2015 Edinburgh First Novel Award “A deeply attuned portrait of the human mind...An unsettling literary surprise of the best sort.”—Atlantic “This book is like a flame in daylight: beautiful and unexpected.”—Anne Enright It is springtime, and two outcasts—a man ignored, even shunned by his village, and the one-eyed dog he takes into his quiet, tightly shuttered life—find each other, by accident or fate, and forge an unlikely connection. As their friendship grows, their small, seaside town falsely perceives menace where there is only mishap—and the duo must take to the road. Gorgeously written in poetic and mesmerizing prose, Spill Simmer Falter Wither is one of those rare stories that utterly and completely imagines its way into a life most of us would never see. It transforms us in our understanding not only of the world, but also of ourselves. “A man-and-his-dog story like no other.”—San Francisco Chronicle “[Spill Simmer Falter Wither] hums with its own distinctiveness.”— Guardian (UK) “A tour de force...A stunning and wonderful achievement by a writer touched by greatness.” —Joseph O’Connor, for the Irish Times