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The Goshawk: With a new foreword by Helen Macdonald

T. H. White

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Autobiography: literary, Prose: non-fiction

This modern classic of nature writing by the author of THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING was an inspiration for and featured in Helen Macdonald's prize-winning H IS FOR HAWK.

With a foreword by Helen Macdonald, author of the multi-award-winning H IS FOR HAWK.

'No hawk can be a pet. There is no sentimentality. In a way, it is the psychiatrist's art. One is matching one's mind against another mind with deadly reason and interest. One desires no transference of affection, demands no ignoble homage or gratitude. It is a tonic for the less forthright savagery of the human heart.'

First published in 1951, T.H. White's memoir describes with searing honesty his attempt to train a wild goshawk, a notoriously difficult bird to master. With no previous experience and only a few hopelessly out-of-date books on falconry as a guide, he set about trying to bend the will of his young bird Gos to his own. Suffering setback after setback, the solitary and troubled White nonetheless found himself obsessively attached to the animal he hoped would one day set him free.

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Praise for The Goshawk: With a new foreword by Helen Macdonald

  • The reader who cannot tell a hawk from a handsaw may be swept up by the storm of emotion which blows between the man and his bird, and by the freedom and richness of the romantic treatment of the variations - SUNDAY TIMES

  • This is ... the best book on falconry, its feel, its emotions, and its flavour, ever written

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