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Published by: Wydawnictwo Czarne
Translated by: Hanna Jankowska
Cover desinged by: Agnieszka Pasierska/Pracownia Papierówka
Size: 133 mm × 215 mm
H is for Hawk tells Macdonald's story of the year she spent training a goshawk in the wake of her father's death. Her father, Alisdair Macdonald, was a respected photojournalist who died suddenly of a heart attack in 2007. Having been a falconer for many years, she purchased a young goshawk to help her through the grieving process.
The book reached the The Sunday Times best-seller list within two weeks of being published in July 2014.
In an interview with The Guardian, Macdonald said, "While the backbone of the book is a memoir about that year when I lost my father and trained a hawk, there are also other things tangled up in that story which are not memoir. There is the shadow biography of TH White, and a lot of nature-writing, too. I was trying to let these different genres speak to each other."
Judges of the Samuel Johnson Prize specifically highlighted that marriage of genres as one of the reasons for selecting H is for Hawk as the winner.
Awards and honours
2014 Samuel Johnson Prize, winner
2014 Costa Book of the Year, winner
2014 Duff Cooper Prize, shortlist
2015 Thwaites Wainwright Prize, longlist
2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, shortlist
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