Helen Macdonald | 'When I start writing [an essay], it always feels like a kind of puzzle'

Helen Macdonald | 'When I start writing [an essay], it always feels like a kind of puzzle'

It's six years, almost to the day, since I first interviewed Helen Macdonald. When we met in 2014, H is for Hawk, her memoir of goshawks and grief, had not yet been published, but reading it as a proof had already had a profound effect on me, mourning as I was the death of my own father six months earlier. Though books speak to us in individual ways, I felt sure at the time that H is for Hawk was something special. And indeed, subsequently published to enormous acclaim, the book went on to win numerous prizes, including the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction and the Costa Book of the Year...

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