“There is a time in life when you expect the world to be always full of new things. And then comes a day when you realise that is not how it will be at all. You see that life will become a thing made of holes. Absences. Losses. Things that were there and are no longer. And you realise, too, that you have to grow around and between the gaps, […]”
What is this book about?
Helen recently lost her father and while mourning him, she decides to train her own goshawk. This doesn’t come out of nowhere, as Helen has been obsessed with becoming a falconer since the age of seven. She buys a goshawk out of the back of a car and the journey of training it, and of mourning her father, begins.
Why is it boring?
I don’t read all that much non-fiction, but this book seemed so special that I had to pick it up. I know that training a goshawk can sound a bit boring, but H is for Hawk is a beautifully written book about a beautiful bird, but also mourning and solitude. Helen trains her hawk while living completely alone and she steps out of the ‘normal’ world and into the that of the goshawk.
Who would you recommend it to?
Anyone with a love of birds. And just a warning, even if you don’t love birds, after reading this book you definitely want to became a falconer. Seeing how training her hawk took over her entire life is awe inspiring and will not leave you untouched.
Why should I read it if it’s boring?!
Review Copy attained through Netgalley with special thanks to the publisher Grove Atlantic.