By Helen Macdonald
New York Times bestseller
Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize
Named the Costa publication of the Year
#1 best-seller within the UK
A Guardian and Economist most sensible e-book of the Year
When Helen Macdonald's father died without notice on a London road, she was once devastated. An skilled falconer—Helen have been captivated via hawks because childhood—she'd by no means ahead of been tempted to coach the most vicious predators, the goshawk. yet in her grief, she observed that the goshawk's fierce and feral temperament reflected her personal. Resolving to buy and lift the lethal creature as a method to deal with her loss, she followed Mabel, and grew to become to the suggestions of The as soon as and destiny King writer T.H. White's chronicle The Goshawk to start her tough recreation. Projecting herself "in the hawk's wild brain to tame her" verified the bounds of Macdonald's humanity and adjusted her life.
Heart-wrenching and funny, this publication is an unflinching account of bereavement and a special examine the magnetism of a rare beast, with a parallel exam of a mythical writer's eccentric falconry. Obsession, insanity, reminiscence, fable, and historical past mix to accomplish a particular mix of nature writing and memoir from a very good literary innovator.