H is for Hawk (häftad)
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Winner of Samuel Johnson Prize 2014 (UK); Winner of Costa Biography Award 2015 (UK); Short-listed for Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 (UK)
198 x 128 x 20 mm
259 g

H is for Hawk

The Sunday Times bestseller and Costa and Samuel Johnson Prize Winner

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Häftad,  Engelska, 2015-02-26
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Discover the number one bestselling phenomenon that is a powerful and profound mediation on grief expressed through the trials of training a goshawk. **WINNER OF THE COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR** ** WINNER OF THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION** As a child, Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer, learning the arcane terminology and reading all the classic books. Years later, when her father died and she was struck deeply by grief, she became obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She bought Mabel for 800 on a Scottish quayside and took her home to Cambridge, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals. H is for Hawk is an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming. This is a book about memory, nature and nation, and how it might be possible to reconcile death with life and love. **SELECTED BY CARIAD LLOYD ON BBC TWO'S BETWEEN THE COVERS** 'This beautiful book is at once heartfelt and clever in the way it mixes elegy with celebration' Andrew Motion 'It just sings. I couldn't stop reading' Mark Haddon, bestselling author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time 'Dazzling... Deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence' Financial Times
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  1. Obssession
    M. G., 26 augusti 2015

    Grieving her father, she isolates herself and decides to get a hawk. In his memory,
    to occupy herself and not feel the terrible loss.
    Then comes her obssession for T,H.White's books,his life, his tormented, sensitive soul
    and his hawk.
    She recurs to him constantly (almost half of the book is White's texts) she has a behov
    to get confirmation from others, tries to explain herself, to make excuses...
    Her descriptions of the nature are nice but repetitive (too many ... Läs hela recensionen

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This beautiful book is at once heartfelt and clever in the way it mixes elegy with celebration: elegy for a father lost, celebration of a hawk found - and in the finding also a celebration of countryside, forbears of one kind and another, life-in-death. At a time of very distinguished writing about the relationship between human kind and the environment, it is immediately pre-eminent. -- Andrew Motion I'm convinced it's going to be an absolute classic of nature writing. -- Nick Barley * Guardian * I can't remember the last time a book made me feel so many different things in such quick succession. -- Rachel Cooke * Guardian * Nature-writing, but not as you know it. Astounding. * Bookseller * Astounding. * Bookseller * A talon-sharp memoir that will thrill and chill you to the bone... Fascinating. -- Craig Brown * Mail on Sunday * A soaring triumph. -- Christian House * Daily Telegraph * Beautiful. * Sport * Vivid and fascinating. -- James Attlee * Independent * Soars beyond genres, and burns with emotional and intellectual intensity. * Nature * A soliloquy that sings from the pages. Truly beautiful. -- Rufus the Hawk * Twitter * Heartbreaking. * Grazia * Macdonald makes nature writing new. * For Books Sake * Unusual and incredibly moving. * Twin Magazine * A masterpiece. -- Metro * Patricia Nicol * Never has the eye of a raptor assumed such fearful, beautiful meaning. -- Philip Hoare * New Statesman * Big-hearted, joyful and blazing with gorgeous descriptions of nature, H is for Hawk is an unusual but very special memoir. * Good Housekeeping * Lyrical, headlong, humourous. -- Iain Finlayson * New Statesman * As phenomenal, unusual, moving and agile as a fearsome bird of prey. * Monocle * An elegant, disturbing and heart-warming book. * Wharfedale Observer *

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Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, naturalist and historian of science. Their books include H is for Hawk, which won many prizes including the Costa Book of the Year and the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction, and the Sunday Times bestselling Vesper Flights. They live in Suffolk with their two parrots.