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0224097008
Hardback: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: Hardback
Classification: 598.944
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 9780224097000 0224097008
Notes:
'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 rea.
'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.
Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
White, T. H., 1906-1964
Hawks
Grief
Spirituality
SCP, Popular Science and Mathematics, ukslc
Pages 300 pages
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DAISY:H is for hawk:2015:Unabridged
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Available: 2
Total no. of loans: 2
No. of reservations: 1
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London : Jonathan Cape, 2014
14.99

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This book was not a hit with our group. Some could not cope with the whole idea of 'taming' a wild bird (born in captivity or not) though this did lead to an interesting discussion abut homosapiens' right, or not, to do this. Others just found it monotonous and boring. The style was criticised for being overblown; there were too many adjectives and similes, too many descriptions of air and the ways of flying. What would be left if these were stripped out?
26/06/17
Reading Group Shropshire
Shropshire
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1784871109
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Paperback:H is for hawk:2016
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
333 pages ; 18 cm (pbk)
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1847080804
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Paperback:Corvus, a life with birds:2009
Author: Woolfson, Esther
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
337 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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