Posts from ‘August, 2014’

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Five words from the blurb: goshawk, taming, grief, nature, process H is for Hawk gives an account of the winter in which the author acquires and trains Mabel, a young goshawk. This period of time coincides with the death of Helen Macdonald’s father so there is an emotional rawness that penetrates everything. Much of her grief […]

Flight of Passage by Rinker Buck

Five words from the blurb: plane, boys, across, America, adventure A few weeks ago, in an effort to ease my fear of flying, I requested recommendations for positive stories about aviation. Alex suggested Flight of Passage and I’m so pleased that she did as a passion for flying oozes from the page and I now have a bank of […]

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Five words from the blurb: truth, hidden, obsession, betrayal, love The Miniaturist is set in Amsterdam during the 17th century and follows 18-year-old Nella Oortman as she begins a new life in the city. She marries Johannes, a rich merchant, but unfortunately he barely notices her and the household is packed with secrets. She feels isolated, but when she […]

July Summary and Plans for August

I’m better! It’s been a slow recovery, but I’m finally well again. After a lot of tests I was diagnosed with myocarditis – a viral infection of the heart. Several months of no exercise mean that I’m not as fit as I was before, but hopefully I’ll be able to change that over the coming weeks. […]