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Helen Macdonald

Biography

Helen Macdonald

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian, and naturalist, and an affiliated research scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge, where she teaches to graduate level. Over the years she's also worked as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, as a professional falconer, assisted with the management of raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia, and bred hunting falcons for Arab royalty. She's also sold paintings, worked as an antiquarian bookseller, organized academic conferences, shepherded a flock of 50 ewes and once attended an arms fair by mistake.

Helen Macdonald

Books by Helen Macdonald

by Helen Macdonald - Animals , Autobiography, Environment, Essays, Memoir, Nonfiction, Writing
Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing the massive migration of songbirds from the top of the Empire State Building, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk’s poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.
by Helen Macdonald - Memoir, Nonfiction

When Helen Macdonald’s father died suddenly on a London street, she was devastated. An experienced falconer --- Helen had been captivated by hawks since childhood --- she’d never before been tempted to train one of the most vicious predators, the goshawk. But in her grief, she saw that the goshawk’s fierce and feral anger mirrored her own. Her resulting purchase and training of the bird quickly becomes a story of obsession, madness, memory and myth that is at once heartbreaking and hilarious.