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Helen Macdonald (1) (1970–)

Author of H Is for Hawk

For other authors named Helen Macdonald, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Helen Macdonald

H Is for Hawk (2014) 4,281 copies
Vesper Flights (2020) 710 copies
Falcon (2005) 118 copies
Prophet (2023) 112 copies
Shaler's Fish: Poems (2001) 52 copies
Poems on Nature (2019) 8 copies
Recovery: Vintage Minis (2019) 2 copies

Associated Works

The Best American Travel Writing 2016 (2016) — Contributor — 97 copies
A Rage for Falcons (1984) — Introduction — 40 copies
Pasta for Nightingales: A 17th-Century Handbook of Bird-Care and Folklore (2018) — Preface, some editions — 39 copies
First Light: A celebration of Alan Garner (2016) — Contributor — 29 copies
Women on Nature (2021) — Contributor — 20 copies
Refugee Tales: Volume II (2017) — Contributor — 12 copies


2015 (39) 2016 (42) 21st century (27) animals (117) audio (28) audiobook (50) autobiography (73) biography (107) biography-memoir (30) birds (239) British (25) Cambridge (21) death (51) depression (36) ebook (56) England (104) essays (88) falconry (181) fiction (64) goodreads (23) goshawk (43) goshawks (29) grief (196) hawks (101) Kindle (47) literature (20) memoir (473) natural history (127) nature (287) nature writing (34) non-fiction (548) ornithology (36) read (44) read in 2015 (39) read in 2016 (23) science (46) signed (22) T. H. White (74) to-read (462) unread (30)

Common Knowledge



H is for Hawk in Non-Fiction Readers (April 2021)
H is for Hawk in Birds, Birding & Books (March 2021)
On field guides - Helen Macdonald in Birds, Birding & Books (June 2015)


And my reading for 2024 was going so well! Great concept - a sinister chemical that induces 'nostalgia' and causes people to create physical replicas of beloved possessions - but the writing is only good for inducing narcolepsy. And the main characters are themselves stock fan fiction fodder - fill in the blanks, any 'odd couple' works - I tried swapping Rao and Rubenstein out for Kirk and Spock, but I was still deathly bored by the interminable deep and meaningfuls and started skipping whole 'empty' chapters. Also, Rao's habit of calling Adam 'love', which is either a posh term of endearment or a colloquial pet name for women and children, was deeply irritating.

I can well sympathise with all the DNFs and only wish I hadn't wasted so much of my own time ploughing through to the end.
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AdonisGuilfoyle | 4 other reviews | Feb 14, 2024 |
Ugh. Where to begin? The main idea that what makes you nostalgic can be your downfall, seemed quite unique and interesting. Now, the execution of said idea -aka the whole book!- is an utter disaster.
The plot constantly rambles around the attraction between the two main characters, Adam and Rao, and it tends to get quite boring. None of them are likeable, as it gets too repetitive.
As we get near the end, it is disgracefully stretched and overly complicated, to the point that makes me wonder if the writers were paid by the page or what.
This book is a hard pass for me. What a waste of time!
Maybe it is my fault for not having checked, the authors’ bio (both of them!) and realising that they both refer to themselves as “they.” Yeah. Cancel me if you must, but I do not participate in other peoples delusions. I tend to stay away, as I should’ve done with this book.
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AleAleta | 4 other reviews | Feb 1, 2024 |
I've never read anything quite like this. It's painful to read about her grief and depression but she's scary honest about all of it. Then there's the hawk. And TH White. It's an amazing work.
dhenn31 | 273 other reviews | Jan 24, 2024 |
These short pieces are perfectly sized for maximum enjoyment and impact. While most deal with nature and our ways of encountering the natural world, some focus on our ways of encountering one another. I will be picking up some of Macdonald's other works.
Treebeard_404 | 28 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |



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