Vesper flights : new and collected essays
—Macdonald, Helen, 1970- author.
Book
2020
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"In Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep. Meditating on notions of captivity and freedom, immigration and flight, Helen invites us into her most intimate experiences: observing songbirds from the Empire State Building as they migrate through the Tribute of Light, watching tens of thousands of cranes in Hungary, and seeking the last golden orioles in Suffolk's poplar forests. She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds' nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife. By one of this century's most important and insightful nature writers, Vesper Flights is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us"-- Provided by publisher.

Item Details
Subjects:
Natural history.
Nature.
Genre:
Essays.
ISBN:
9780735235502
0735235503
Description:
ix, 261 pages ; 22 cm
Contents:
Nests
Nothing like a pig
Inspector calls
Field guides
Tekels Park
High-rise
The human flock
The student's tale
Ants
Symptomatic
Sex, death, mushrooms
Winter woods
Eclipse
In her orbit
Hares
Lost, but catching up
Swan upping
Nestboxes
Deer in the headlights
The falcon and the tower
Vesper flights
In spight of prisons
Sun birds and cashmere spheres
The observatory
Wicken
Storm
Murmurations
A cuckoo in the house
The arrow-stork
Ashes
A handful of corn
Berries
Cherry stones
Birds, tabled
Hiding
Eulogy
Rescue
Goats
Dispatches from the valleys
The numinous ordinary
What animals taught me.
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