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    COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

    Published on 28/01/2015 by Jean Roberts

    COSTA BOOK OF THE YEAR WINNER – H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

    Last night Helen MacDonald was announced as the overall winner of COSTA Book of the Year

    Also - Winner of the Costa Biography Award 

    As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White’s tortured masterpiece, The Goshawk, which describes White’s struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel for £800 on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. Then she fills the freezer with hawk food and unplugs the phone, ready to embark on the long, strange business of trying to train this wildest of animals.

    What the judges said: “A beautifully-layered memoir centred on nature and survival in superlative and original prose.”

    Also shortlisted -  Roy Jenkins: A Well-Rounded Life by John CampbellThe Iceberg: A Memoir by Marion Coutts and Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and Brain Surgery by Henry Marsh.

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