What We Are Reading Today: Vesper Flights

What We Are Reading Today: Vesper Flights
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Updated 29 August 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Vesper Flights

What We Are Reading Today: Vesper Flights

Author: Helen Macdonald

In Vesper Flights, Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved essays, along with new pieces on topics ranging from nostalgia for a vanishing countryside to the tribulations of farming ostriches to her own private vespers while trying to fall asleep.
Vesper Flights “is a captivating and foundational book about observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss and how we make sense of the world around us,” said a review in goodreads.com.
Macdonald is best known for her memoir, H Is for Hawk, a meditation on the healing powers of human-avian bonding.
In Vesper Flights — an anthology of writings — the English poet and naturalist celebrates her country’s wild bounty, while exploring its fragility and its relationship to national identity.
She writes with heart-tugging clarity about wild boar, swifts, mushroom hunting, migraines, the strangeness of birds’ nests, and the unexpected guidance and comfort we find when watching wildlife.
“Someone once told me that every writer has a subject that underlies everything they write,” she declares in her introduction to the collection.
“I choose to think that my subject is love, and most specifically love for the glittering world of nonhuman life around us,” she added.