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Helen Macdonald’s “H is for Hawk” (c) 2014. A memoir:
Helen Macdonald is an English writer & naturalist. She has been a falconer for many years.
“H is for Hawk” won the Samuel Johnson Prize; Costa Book Award; the Prix du Meilleur Livre Étranger ( France); and was acclaimed as one of the best books of 2014.
When her father died suddenly in 2007, she adopted and raised a young northern goshawk, Mabel. Macdonald’s memoir is about that time, of remembering her father, a photojournalist; her passage through grief and pain, of a journey through sorrow to love and rediscovering the joy of life. The goshawk Mabel is an integral part of that journey.
Interwoven within the memoir is also the history of falconry, reflections upon nature, and upon the life, and the Arthurian stories and writings of T.H. White, who wrote of his experiences as a falconer in “The Goshawk” (1951).