A BOOK OF THE YEAR IN THE GUARDIAN, FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY TELEGRAPH, INDEPENDENT, BBC SCIENCE FOCUS MAGAZINE AND TIME MAGAZINE,
A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER and A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK. Is that recommendation enough!
"From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes Vesper Flights, a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship with the natural world.
Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best-loved writing along with new pieces covering a thrilling range of subjects.
There are essays here on headaches, on catching swans, on hunting mushrooms, on twentieth-century spies, on numinous experiences and high-rise buildings, on nests and wild pigs and the tribulations of farming ostriches.
Vesper Flights is a book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make the world around us. Moving and frank, personal and political, it confirms Helen Macdonald as one of this century's greatest nature writers."
Vesper Flights is a book of tremendous purpose. -- Jake Cline * Independent *
I finished the book seeing the natural world, and my place within it, afresh. * BBC Wildlife *
Their subject matter is marvellously diverse, taking in nests, ants, hares, glow-worms, mushrooms, migration and more... These are urgent pieces designed to open our eyes to the state of the environment. -- Caroline Sanderson * Daily Mirror *
This nature writer's long-awaited follow-up to her influential 2014 memoir H is for Hawk is a treat: dive into essays about headaches and high-rises, catching swans and farming ostriches. * Daily Telegraph *
Vesper Flights...[takes] the reader on exhilarating adventures. -- Lisa Allardice * Guardian *
Helen Macdonald's new essays are no flights of fancy, as she examines who has the right to define and be the gatekeepers to the natural world... [Vesper Flights shares] many of the qualities of H is for Hawk - frankness, reflective thinking, formidable powers of observation and wordcraft. -- Susan Mansfield * Scotsman *
From reflections on her childhood love of animals to sharp observations on the migrations of songbirds, the author of H is for Hawk fills her essay collection with vivid appreciation for the wildlife that surrounds us. * Time Magazine, *Summer Reads 2020* *