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Reaktion Books
01 December 2016
Mathematics & Sciences; Wildlife: birds & birdwatching
The fastest animal alive, the falcon deserves attention not just for the combination of speed, power, beauty and ferocity that have made it an object of fascination for thousands of years, but for the light it sheds on the cultures through which it has flown. This book, bridging science and cultural history, surveys the practical and symbolic uses of falcons in human culture in new and exciting ways.

Bestselling natural history writer Helen Macdonald follows the movements of the bird of prey, ranging across the globe and over many millennia, as well as incorporating the latest scientific discoveries into her tale. There are chapters on falcon natural history; myth and legend; falconry; conservation; falcons in the military, in urban settings and the corporate world. Along the way the reader will discover how falcons were mobilized in secret military projects, their links with espionage, the Third Reich and the space programme, and how they've featured in erotic stories.
By:   Helen Macdonald
Imprint:   Reaktion Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   2nd Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 18mm
Weight:   227g
ISBN:   9781780236414
ISBN 10:   1780236417
Pages:   240
Publication Date:   01 December 2016
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helen Macdonald is a writer, poet, illustrator, historian and affiliate at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge. Her books include the poetry volume Shaler's Fish (2001) and the bestselling H is for Hawk (2014).

Reviews for Falcon

'While presenting the falcon as a creature superbly adapted to its environment, Macdonald's scientific but lyrical study also celebrates its mythical, cultural and iconic significance' The Times '[a] marvellous book' The Spectator 'This is a wonderful book ... Macdonald writes beautifully and with a refreshing clarity.' The Falconer


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