Author Archive for: Helen Macdonald

The Health Issue: What Animals Taught Me About Being Human

Surrounding myself with animals to feel less alone was a mistake: The greatest comfort is in knowing their lives are not about us at all.

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On Nature: A Hint of Danger in the Forest

An encounter with a wild boar momentarily realigns our relationship to nature in a time of mass extinction.

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On Nature: Why Do We Feed Wild Animals?

Millions of people all over the world set out food for wild animals. Is it for them or for us?

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On Nature: Sex, Death and Mushrooms

Contemplating mortality during a fungus-hunting expedition in a forest moving toward winter.

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On Nature: Shooting a Lion

We like to think that photographing wild animals on safari is completely different from trophy hunting — but is it?

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On Nature: Dead Forests and Living Memories

We measure our own lives against the trees we grew up with. What does it mean for us when they disappear?

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On Nature: Rescuing Wildlife Is Futile, and Necessary

Saving wild animals — even just one — can be a way of pushing back against the harm that humans cause to the natural world.

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On Nature: Identification, Please

Learning how to use a field guide can make you feel at home anywhere in the world.

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Helen Macdonald: the six books that made me

H Is for Hawk, which has won the Costa book of the year, portrays a writer in urgent dialogue with the natural world. Which were the books that opened her eyes to nature?Three months ago the fieldfares arrived in rattling flocks through gusts of hail, …

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Spies in the sky: Helen Macdonald on how birds reflect our national anxieties

Nazi skylarks, bird-watching spies, murmurations on the radar … the H is For Hawk author explains how our fear and fascination with birds reflect wider anxieties about nationhood, migration and invasionI lost my passport. Blind panic. I needed one, f…

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