Reviews

  • It just sings. I couldn’t stop reading.

    Mark Haddon
  • This beautiful book is at once heartfelt and clever in the way it mixes elegy with celebration: elegy for a father lost, celebration of a hawk found - and in the finding also a celebration of countryside, forbears of one kind and another, life-in-death. At a time of very distinguished writing about the relationship between human kind and the environment, it is immediately pre-eminent.

    Andrew Motion
  • H is for Hawk is a dazzling piece of work: deeply affecting, utterly fascinating and blazing with love and intelligence… The result is a deeply human work shot through…with intelligence and compassion… I will be surprised if a better book than H is for Hawk is published this year.

    Melissa Harrison, Financial Times
  • I'm convinced it's going to be an absolute classic of nature writing.

    Nick Barley, Guardian
  • I can't remember the last time a book made me feel so many different things in such quick succession.

    Rachel Cooke, Guardian
  • [Macdonald’s] descriptive writing, startlingly and devilishly precise…is only the half of it. She has written her taming of Mabel like a thriller, slowly and carefully cranking the tension is that your stomach and heart leap queasily towards each other… Captivates.

    Rachel Cooke, Observer
  • Captivating… There is a highly polished brilliance to her writing. The English-speaking world has an old passion for books about creatures and captivating companions … Helen Macdonald looks set to revive the genre.

    Guardian, Mark Cocker
  • Nature-writing, but not as you know it. Astounding.

    Bookseller
  • It is a mark of Macdonald’s achievement that so exultant a book can resolve itself in a sense of failure, yet leave the reader as uplifted as a raptor riding on a thermal.

    Philip Hoare, New Statesman
  • MacDonald’s prose is poetic, forensic, yet often capable of quickening the pulse. Her lexicon…is vivid and joyous, soaring as freely as birds do.

    Benjamin Myers, New Scientist

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