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Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk wins the Samuel Johnson Prize

This moving talk of grief and training a goshawk is the first memoir to win the prestigious literary prize

By Serena Kutchinsky  

Helen Macdonald: © Marzena Pogorzaly

A memoir has won the literary world’s most prestigious prize for non-fiction for the first time. The poet and historian, Helen Macdonald, was awarded the £20,000 prize for H is for Hawk, a book the judging panel described as “unlike any other”.

The daughter of a famed Fleet Street photo journalist, Macdonald’s captivating tale reveals how training a bird of prey helped her deal with…

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