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Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk swoops on Costa Prize 2014

The moving memoir about training a goshawk is a winner once more

By Sameer Rahim  
Mabel, Helen Macdonald's hawk in H is for Hawk Credit: Helen Macdonald

Mabel, Helen Macdonald's hawk in H is for Hawk Credit: Helen Macdonald

In the end, it had to be the hawk. Helen Macdonald’s captivating memoir about training a goshawk has already won the Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction, and last night it added the Costa Prize for book of the year.

The Costa is a complicated award, which chooses five winners from different categories—novel, first novel, poetry, non-fiction and children’s—and then pits them against one another for an…

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