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    Featherhood

    £8.99
    'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman 'I can't recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald 'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree 'I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink
    ISBN: 9781474609487
    AuthorCharlie Gilmour
    Pub Date18/03/2021
    BindingPaperback
    Pages288
    Availability: In Stock

    'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

    'Wonderful - I can't recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald

    'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree

    'Beautiful - it made me cry' Simon Amstell

    'I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink

    This is a story about birds and fathers.

    About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair...

    About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

    It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own.

    It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest.

    And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

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    'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years' Neil Gaiman

    'Wonderful - I can't recommend it too highly' Helen Macdonald

    'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree

    'Beautiful - it made me cry' Simon Amstell

    'I was entranced' Cathy Rentzenbrink

    This is a story about birds and fathers.

    About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair...

    About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

    It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own.

    It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest.

    And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.