H is for Hawk: Helen McDonald

A hawk stares out from the cover of this book: it is hard to turn away from the fierce intensity of its gaze. And intense, too, is how I would describe this book, which is about grief, trauma and the relationship between humans and goshawks. When Helen McDonald’s father dies, she is devastated. She tries …

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The Blackhouse: Peter May

Peter May has written an atmospheric and intricately plotted novel set on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The Blackhouse is a police procedural and a story about a man forced to come to terms with his past. Fin McLeod is a police detective in Edinburgh, grieving the death of his …

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