'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'I can't recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald 'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree 'I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink
'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
'Wonderful - I can't recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald
'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree
'Beautiful - it made me cry' Simon Amstell
'I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink
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.
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