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Helen Macdonald

Vesper Flights

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From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk comes a transcendent collection of essays about the natural world. Animals don't exist to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves.

This is a collection of Helen MacDonalds best-loved writing including a thrilling range of new subjects. These are wondrous narratives 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. It shows us how we make a world that defines us. A frank, moving, personal and political collection, it confirms Helen Macdonald as one of this century's greatest nature writers.


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