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0224097008
Book:H is for hawk / Helen Macdonald.:2014 H is for hawk / Helen Macdonald.
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Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Media class: Book
Classification: 598.944
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780224097000 (hbk.) :
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references.
'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 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 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. This book 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.
Additional information: 300 pages ; 23 cm
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Large print:H is for hawk:2015.
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I enjoyed reading this book, probably helped by my lifelong fascination with birds. The subject of coping with deep grief/loss by training a Goshawk (noted for being one of the most difficult birds of prey to train) was, I found, an interesting one. I guess the message is that in a state of grief one has to focus on doing something(s) so as not be all consumed by it. In that way one gradually comes to terms with the loss ('getting over it' is completely the wrong phrase & is quite different, albeit subtly, from coming to terms). I'm not sure I quite understood the point of including references & extracts from another book about training (badly) a Goshawk.
04/12/19
jmstartin
North Lincoln
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Paperback:Falcon:2016.:[New] edition.
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition.
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Reaktion Books,
Resource type: Physical
223 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
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Talking book - CD:H is for hawk:2015
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author, narrator.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Talking book - CD
Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd (CD)
Resource type: Physical
10 CDs (10 hr., 25 min.) : digital, stereo
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Extraordinary book. Wonderfully evocative, poetic writing, so many connections made between smaller
05/06/15
cherry35
Surrey Live
1510009787
Large print:H is for hawk:2015.
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Clipper Large Print,
Resource type: Physical
384 pages (large print)
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Despite glowing reviews and the Costa prize, this book seems to polarize readers' responses. It is
01/09/17
joylakin
Bedford
0099575450
Paperback:H is for hawk:[2015]
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author.
Year [2015]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Vintage Books,
Resource type: Physical
300 pages ; 20 cm
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How the author coped with the grief of losing her father by training a young goshawk. A very intens
01/09/17
joylakin
Bedford
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