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H is for hawk

by Macdonald, Helen, 1970-

Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook 2015 2015
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Summary
"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. ... Destined to be a classic of nature writing, 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."--Dust jacket.
Contents
Part I. Patience
Lost
Small worlds
Mr White
Holding tight
The box of stars
Invisibility
The Rembrandt interior
The rite of passage
Darkness
Leaving home
Outlaws
Alice, falling
The line
For whom the bell
Rain
Heat
Part II. Flying free
Extinction
Hiding
Fear
Apple day
Memorial
Drugs
Magical places
The flight of time
The new world
Winter histories
Enter spring
The moving earth.

Additional Information
Subjects Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
White, T. H. (Terence Hanbury), 1906-1964
Falconry
Goshawk
Grief
Spirituality
Biography & Autobiography
Nature
Nonfiction
Audiobooks.
1970-
1906-1964.
Publisher Ashland :Blackstone Publishing2015
2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Requires OverDrive Media Console 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
Awards Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, 2014.
Description 1 audio file : digital
ISBN 9781481530903
1481530909
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