H is for Hawk
by Helen MacDonald
Spiraling in a tail spin with the loss of her father, MacDonald, a seasoned falconer, acquires a goshawk, a notoriously difficult predator to train with the notion it will help her to disappear into another world and momentarily forget about her loss, her grief. Part memoir, part natural science, and part reflection on the life of T.H. White and his life’s struggles and his disastrous account of training a goshawk, the book recounts an impressive journey on many levels.
Although many books have been written about the restorative power, healing tonic of a relationship with animals, MacDonald’s book crosses the threshold into the core of the hawk’s world, her ‘hawk’ world, informing her existence all along the way. It is an eloquently written, deeply layered read where prose soars!!
– Penny Warren, February 2016