From fall to spring, J.A. Baker set out to track the daily comings and goings of a pair of peregrine falcons across the flat fen lands of eastern England. He followed the birds obsessively, observing them in the air and on the ground, in pursuit of their prey, making a kill, eating, and at rest, activities he describes with an extraordinary fusion of precision and poetry. And as he continued his mysterious private quest, his sense of human self slowly dissolved, to be replaced with the alien and implacable consciousness of a hawk.
It is this extraordinary metamorphosis, magical and terrifying, that these beautifully written pages record.
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Not just for twitchers: his style is dynamic, vivid, startling, and so beautiful that you'll read each sentence over and over.(Country Walking)
A great piece of nature writing that brilliantly evokes the Essex landscape.(BBC Countryfile)
'John Alex Baker was something of a mystery and not a great deal is known of his private life, ... But few people have gained - and successfully shared - such a deep understanding of a wild animal, and for that Baker will never be forgotten.'(Fergus Collins BBC Countryfile) About the Author:
J. A. Baker is also the author of The Hill of Summer. He was a native of Essex, England.
Robert Macfarlane is one of Britain's leading writers on nature and landscape. The author of The Wild Places, Original Copy and Mountains of the Mind, he is a Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
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