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Vesper flights

Helen Macdonald (Author, Narrator)
From the bestselling author of H is for Hawk, a brilliant and insightful work about our relationship to the natural world. Our world is a fascinating place, teeming not only with natural wonders that defy description, but complex interactions that create layers of meaning. Helen Macdonald is gifted with a special lens that seems to peer right through it all, and she shares her insights--at times startling, nostalgic, weighty, or simply entertaining--in this masterful collection of essays. From reflections on science fiction to the true story of an Iranian refugee's flight to the UK, Macdonald has a truly omnivorous taste when it comes to observations of both the banal and sublime. Peppered throughout are reminisces of her own life, from her strange childhood in an estate owned by the Theosophical Society to watching total eclipses of the sun, visits to Uzbek solar power plants, eccentric English country shows, and desert hunting camps in the Gulf States. These essays move from personal experiences into wider meditations about love and loss and how we build the world around us. Whether more journalistic in tone, or literary--even formally experimental--each piece is generous, lyrical, and speaks to one another. Macdonald creates a strong thematic undertow that quietly takes the reader along piece to piece and sets them down, finally, at a place they've never been before
Audiobook on CD, English, 2020
Recorded Books : Black Stone Publishing, [Prince Frederick, MD], 2020
Compact discs
9 audio discs (10 hr., 15 min.) ; 4 3/4 in.
9781664786363, 9781501982408, 9781705000366, 9781665015165, 1664786368, 1501982400, 1705000363, 1665015160
Nothing Like a Pig
Inspector Calls
Field Guides
Tekels Park
The Human Flock
The Student's Tale
Sex, Death, Mushrooms
Winter Woods
In Her Orbit
Lost, But Catching Up
Swan Upping
Deer in the Headlights
The Falcon and the Tower
Vesper Flights
In Spight of Prisons
Sun Birds and Cashmere Spheres
The Observatory
A Cuckoo in the House
The Arrow-Stork
A Handful of Corn
Cherry Stones
Birds, Tabled
Dispatches from the Valleys
The Numinous Ordinary
What Animals Taught Me
Title from container
Recordable compact discs
In container (17 cm.)
Narrated by the author.