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★★★★★ Book of the Month: H is for Hawk


If you have read this book, please let us know what you think.

The Internet Review of Books

Star rating: ★★★★★

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Order H is for Hawk from Amazon UK

An in-depth review of this book is in preparation. Meanwhile, follow the above link to LOOK INSIDE or to download a free sample of the opening chapters.

Publisher’s blurb:

“In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they’re the birdwatchers’ dark grail.”

As a child Helen Macdonald 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.

When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes…

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