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The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. How do we carry on when someone close to us dies? Is it simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other in a bleak new world or do we need something more? Reeling with grief after the sudden death of her father, Helen Macdonald found herself turnin The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. How do we carry on when someone close to us dies? Is it simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other in a bleak new world or do we need something more? Reeling with grief after the sudden death of her father, Helen Macdonald found herself turning to the wild for comfort. With breathtaking honesty and insight, she recounts her months spent taming a goshawk and how, finally, this strange kinship led her to the first tentative steps to recovery. Selected from H is for Hawk VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Discover the Vintage Minis ‘Head Space’ series: Therapy by Stephen Grosz Family by Mark Haddon


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The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. How do we carry on when someone close to us dies? Is it simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other in a bleak new world or do we need something more? Reeling with grief after the sudden death of her father, Helen Macdonald found herself turnin The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life. How do we carry on when someone close to us dies? Is it simply a case of putting one foot in front of the other in a bleak new world or do we need something more? Reeling with grief after the sudden death of her father, Helen Macdonald found herself turning to the wild for comfort. With breathtaking honesty and insight, she recounts her months spent taming a goshawk and how, finally, this strange kinship led her to the first tentative steps to recovery. Selected from H is for Hawk VINTAGE MINIS: GREAT MINDS. BIG IDEAS. LITTLE BOOKS. A series of short books by the world’s greatest writers on the experiences that make us human. Discover the Vintage Minis ‘Head Space’ series: Therapy by Stephen Grosz Family by Mark Haddon

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  1. 4 out of 5

    Nat

    Beautiful and brutal. Could relate to the idea of trying to get back to yourself, and searching for a sense of place and belonging when your world has been turned upside down.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    Still one of my favorite pieces of nature writing/memoir. Essentially the same as H is for Hawk, but in short form. Really looking forward to Helen Macdonald’s new collection of essays out in August. Still one of my favorite pieces of nature writing/memoir. Essentially the same as H is for Hawk, but in short form. Really looking forward to Helen Macdonald’s new collection of essays out in August.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Raluca Marcu

    Life is way too short to read books that are this shitty

  4. 5 out of 5

    George Bate

    I read this without realising it was an excerpt from H is for Hawk, which was on my wantlist. Personal, without ever being indulgent, this text has many beautfiul, stuck-in-your-throat moments. The book is at its most interesting when MacDonald discusses how our engagement with nature and our environment interacts or crosses paths with politics - the personal is of course political but this book made me realise how charged with meaning and history (and often prejudice) our assumptions about the I read this without realising it was an excerpt from H is for Hawk, which was on my wantlist. Personal, without ever being indulgent, this text has many beautfiul, stuck-in-your-throat moments. The book is at its most interesting when MacDonald discusses how our engagement with nature and our environment interacts or crosses paths with politics - the personal is of course political but this book made me realise how charged with meaning and history (and often prejudice) our assumptions about the British landscape can be. MacDonald is a woman who seems to cross many contradicting worlds; one sort of ends up suspecting she'd make the most interesting of all possible dinner party guests. Her feature length BBC documentary The Hidden Wilds of the Motorway is also fantastic. I'm looking forward to reading her essay collection V for Vespers - I understand this has fox hunting as a central theme; I'm looking forward to hearing MacDonald's thoughts on this. I've always been viscerally opposed to it but I've not come away from this book with a similar reaction to falconry, which surely shares many parallels.

  5. 5 out of 5

    peppersocks

    Reflections and lessons learned: Noteworthy, associative lines: “She is jumpy, fractious, unsociable” “When you are broken, you run” “Hold tight” - a phrase that I often say to myself, and has been much repeated during peaks within the pandemic I’ve looked at the cover of h for hawk many times, intrigued, but not actually read, or even had the knowledge to recognise that this book was even by the same author. Sceptical for the first part as to whether something so specific about falconry, that had Reflections and lessons learned: Noteworthy, associative lines: “She is jumpy, fractious, unsociable” “When you are broken, you run” “Hold tight” - a phrase that I often say to myself, and has been much repeated during peaks within the pandemic I’ve looked at the cover of h for hawk many times, intrigued, but not actually read, or even had the knowledge to recognise that this book was even by the same author. Sceptical for the first part as to whether something so specific about falconry, that had never been on my radar (tenuous bird of prey joke?), could be of interest. However, the writing and weaving of the story between the two main themes of life cycle and grief were just too raw not to want to read on. Beautifully written can be a cliche but this, as a story without, for me, a personal context on either front, was just that. A life narrative that deserves attention for its honesty. I read this with very low phone battery but it couldn’t feel rushed. Do I feel the need to still read h for hawk... not sure, but there maybe a better time for it in my life

  6. 5 out of 5

    anna t

    Sometimes beautiful, most of the time couldn't relate. Ever since starting this book, hawks of all sorts have started appearing in various places, rather uncanny. Sometimes beautiful, most of the time couldn't relate. Ever since starting this book, hawks of all sorts have started appearing in various places, rather uncanny.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Oda

    The hawk was everything I wanted to be: solitary, self-possessed, free from grief, and numb to the hurts of human life.

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