My book review of 'Vesper Flights' by Helen Macdonald
If you've read 'H is for Hawk' you'll either be desperate to get a copy of this book or approaching it with some trepidation. How could Helen Macdonald match that tremendous account of the wonder of nature and the ravages of grief?
This is quite different but it is equally beautiful, fascinating and brilliant.
A collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world, this is a book to dip into but, arguably, once you start reading, you won't want to stop.
If you've been following Helen Macdonald's writing, you'll be able to enjoy some of her best-loved pieces alongside new essays covering a wide span of subjects. There are swifts, swans and ostriches, foraging for mushrooms, high-rise buildings and spies, as well as tips on how to go to sleep, make decisions and cope with headaches.
It's comforting and stimulating, personal and poignant, uplifting and thought-provoking. So much to mull over and to wonder, and it sets you off in all sorts of other directions too.