H is for Hawk

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Subject: H is for Hawk
From: Carl Clifford <>
Date: Mon, 3 Nov 2014 20:53:12 +1100
I have just finished reading H is for Hawk, by Helen Macdonald (Jonathan Cape 
2014). While not a birding book per se, it involves birds. In the book, the 
author tells of how she undertook the the training of a Northern Goshawk while 
descending into deep depression brought on by the sudden death of her father. 
Intertwined with her story, is a biography of the author T.H. White (The Once 
and Future King), who also attempted the training of a Northern Goshawk, while 
suffering from deep psychological problems.

The book is well written and gives an insight into falconry and the the psyche 
of both human and raptor. May make a nice christmas gift for the literary 

Carl Clifford

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