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Featherhood: 'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

Charlie Gilmour

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Earth sciences, geography, environment, planning, Earth sciences

'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

'One of the best books I have ever read. Incredibly moving' Elton John
'I cant recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald
'Ranks among the best modern coming-of-age memoirs' Sunday Times
'Where Helen Macdonald's H Is For Hawk meets Gerald Durrell's My Family And Other Animals ... Remarkable' Daily Mail
'Beautiful, wise, compassionate and powerful' Isabella Tree

This is a story about birds and fathers.

About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair... About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own. It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest.

And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

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Praise for Featherhood: 'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

  • The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years. It announces Charlie Gilmour as a major new writing talent - Neil Gaiman

  • Beautiful, wise, compassionate and powerful, Featherhood is one of those rare, enchanted books that sings to the soul of what it is to be

  • - Isabella Tree, author of WILDING

  • What a book! I was entranced. A personal reckoning which is simultaneously brutal and joyous. It's full of light. I want to tell everyone about it - Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE

  • A beautiful book, sensitive and compelling - it made me cry - Simon Amstell

  • This stunning memoir flashes with as many colours as its enchanting subject, and draws us into a world of eccentric characters impossible to predict or forget. Savage, mischievous, moving, sublime - Rhik Samadder, author of I NEVER SAID I LOVED YOU

  • The extraordinary story of an extraordinary family - Sophie Heawood, author of THE HANGOVER GAMES

  • I loved Featherhood. About nature and growth, about belonging and not belonging, it is beautiful - Andrew O Hagan, author of THE ILLUMINATIONS

  • Utterly absorbing, astonishingly well-written, full of heart, Featherhood is the most arresting book I've read for a very long time - Cressida Connolly, author of AFTER THE PARTY

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