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The author describes her dedication to the art of falconry from her first encounter with a falcon at the age of eight, to her decision to open a falconry school in the English countryside
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Emma Ford opened the British School of Falconry in 1982 - the first dedicated falconry school in the world - at Sterling Minnis in Kent, and in 1995, opened a U.S. branch, in Manchester, Vermont.From Kirkus Reviews:
An upbeat memoir in the follow-your-bliss mode tracks the charmed coming of age of an English falconer. Ford's interest in the ancient art of hunting with hawks grew out of a girlhood passion for nursing injured animals great and small. Blessed with an understanding mother, she rescues everything from goats (toted home in the family sedan) to birds of prey. As she matures, so does her interest in raptors. She gets a job as assistant to the falcon keeper of the nearby Chilham castle, then moves on to lecturing attendees of the castle estate's medieval fair, which include unruly crowds of French schoolchildren, ransacking Royal Marines, and a drunken stag party. Though she works hard to get ahead, Ford also seems abundantly blessed by good fortune: she and fianc Steve start their own falconry center, which soon grows to include more than two dozen raptors and treats over 100 wounded birds per year. They do film and advertising work with the birds, work that soon grows into a profitable sideline. Though she labors at times under the shadow of men, the outdoorsy country girl fits readily into a sport traditionally dominated by men and royalty. By the time she turns 16, Ford is ready to strike out on her own, moving out of her mother's house and rejecting a law career to pursue falconry full-time. Shortly thereafter, when she becomes the first woman to write a major work on falconry since Dame Juliana Berner's classic 14th-century Book of St. Albans, she's well on her way to becoming one of the world's foremost falconers: an ascendance that culminates in her service to Sheik Zaid of Abu Dhabi. Ford writes with effortless grace and a keen eye for descriptive detail. Her story is a lovely and passionate testament to the old saw: find a career you love, you'll never have to work a day in your life. A happy tale well told. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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