Featherhood

Author(s): Charlie Gilmour

Biography/Memoir

'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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General Fields

  • : 9781474609487
  • : Orion Publishing Group, Limited
  • : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • : 0.3
  • : March 2021
  • : --- length: - '19.8' width: - '12.9' units: - Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Charlie Gilmour
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 288