In 2014, her memoir H is for Hawk won the Costa Book Award and the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction. It details Macdonald’s overwhelming grief following the death of her father, and her decision to train a goshawk – one of the most difficult animals to tame. As a nature writer, she is fascinated by the ways in which we are innately bound to the landscapes around us, and in H is for Hawk she writes about feeling part-hawk, feral, in her grief and rage.
Vesper Flights takes on a similar theme, exploring through a collection of essays the relationship between humans and the natural world. In transcendental prose, she writes about wild pigs, catching swans, farming ostriches and hunting mushrooms – as well as twentieth-century spies and high-rise buildings. This absorbing new collection from one of our most acclaimed nature writers is both personal and political, and a moving account of how we make sense of the world around us.
Macdonald will be in conversation with the Guardian’s Patrick Barkham.
(Thursday) 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm