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Macdonald, Helen

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ISBN 10: 0802123414 / ISBN 13: 9780802123411
Published by Grove Press, 2014
Condition: As New Hardcover
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Possible FIRST American Edition. A MINT volume in same condition Unclipped dust jacket. NOTE: copyright date is 2014, NOT the later 2015 issue. Publishers number line on copyright page reads thus: 1,2,3,4,5 - 15,16,17,18. A statement of: "This edition is printed by special arrangement with Jonathan Cape, a division of Random House UK." Presuming a later edition of true first issue since it lacks the necessary Grove (publishers) slug of "First Edition'. Still an early copy/edition. Jacket art by the fabulous Chris Wormell. Mylar protected jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 003008

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Title: H is For Hawk (FIRST EDITION)

Publisher: Grove Press

Publication Date: 2014

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: As New

Edition: 1st Edition

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The instant New York Times bestseller and award-winning sensation, Helen Macdonald's story of adopting and raising one of nature's most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel's temperament mirrors Helen's own state of grief after her father's death, and together raptor and human "discover the pain and beauty of being alive" (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.


An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2015: When naturalist and falconer Helen Macdonald lost her beloved father, she “thought [her] world was ending.” Seems apropos, then, that her journey from crippling grief to something resembling grace is on the wings of another deadly bird of prey--the notoriously prickly, and murderous, goshawk. In H Is for Hawk, you will meet Mabel, not your typical bloodthirsty specimen, as she is trained to hunt like the goshawks of yore. It is this brash, slightly mad undertaking that wrenches Macdonald free from despair, and brings her to a place where she can begin again. Doesn’t sound like your kind of thing? You’d be surprised. Macdonald’s gorgeously wrought prose holds you in thrall from the first page, and provides something akin to the escape, and salvation, that nature provides her. In ‘Hawk’ you will also learn about the famed Arthurian novelist T.H. White, a kindred soul to Macdonald in certain ways. One of the things that endeared him to her was his “childish delight” with all things wild, something you’ll be hard-pressed not to experience as soon as you tap into this tome. –Erin Kodicek

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