H Is for Hawk (Large Print / Hardcover)

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An exploration of grief, personal connections, societal expectations, the legacy of cruelty or kindness, an appreciation of the natural world. A biography of TH White, a memoir, a guide to falconry. The best thing, aside from the gorgeous prose, is that H is for Hawk isn't any one thing. It's a blend of all of these subject and themes in which each informs the other with greater power than they would have had on their own. It is sad, and beautiful, and unique.

— Sara, Atlanta

March '15 Indie Next List

“This is a superbly crafted memoir, incredibly original in its depth and visceral impact. The author swings back and forth between her own desire to train a goshawk and her research of that same need documented by T.H. White. Self-deprecating humor vies with wonder and grief as Macdonald manages to make the reader see, hear, and feel every aspect of this incredible journey. A marvelous read.”
— Karen Frank, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, VT


As a child the author 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. This book offers an account of his struggle with grief.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781410483614
ISBN-10: 1410483614
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Publication Date: November 11th, 2015
Pages: 475
Language: English