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Featherhood: 'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

by Charlie Gilmour

Paperback £8.99
Published 18th March 2021, 288 pages
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‘The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk , and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years’ Neil Gaiman

‘Wonderful - I can’t recommend it too highly’ Helen Macdonald

‘One of those rare, enchanted books’ Isabella Tree

‘Beautiful - it made me cry’ Simon Amstell

‘I was entranced’ Cathy Rentzenbrink

This is a story about birds and fathers.

About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour’s life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair…

About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie’s biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one’s own.

It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie’s nest.

And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

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Featherhood: 'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman
by Charlie Gilmour

ISBN
9781474609487

Publisher
Orion Publishing Co

Binding
Paperback

Publication date
March 18, 2021

Dimensions
19.8cm x 12.6cm x 2.4cm

Page count
288 pages