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H is for Hawk Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape (31 July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224097008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224097000
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 3.4 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 1,145 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,942 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It just sings. I couldn’t stop reading." (Mark Haddon)

"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)

"H is for Hawk is a dazzling piece of work: deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence… The result is a deeply human work shot through…with intelligence and compassion… I will be surprised if a better book than H is for Hawk is published this year." (Melissa Harrison Financial Times)

"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)

"[Macdonald’s] descriptive writing, startlingly and devilishly precise…is only the half of it. She has written her taming of Mabel like a thriller, slowly and carefully cranking the tension is that your stomach and heart leap queasily towards each other… Captivates." (Rachel Cooke Observer)

"Captivating… There is a highly polished brilliance to her writing. The English-speaking world has an old passion for books about creatures and captivating companions … Helen Macdonald looks set to revive the genre." (Guardian Mark Cocker)

"Nature-writing, but not as you know it. Astounding." (Bookseller)

"It is a mark of Macdonald’s achievement that so exultant a book can resolve itself in a sense of failure, yet leave the reader as uplifted as a raptor riding on a thermal." (Philip Hoare New Statesman)

"MacDonald’s prose is poetic, forensic, yet often capable of quickening the pulse. Her lexicon…is vivid and joyous, soaring as freely as birds do." (Benjamin Myers New Scientist)

Book Description

Destined to be a classic of nature writing, the story of how one woman trained a goshawk

Winner of the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize
Winner of the 2014 Costa Book of the Year Award
Shortlisted for the 2014 Duff Cooper Prize
Shortlisted for the 2014 Thwaites Wainwright Prize

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