'The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years'

Neil Gaiman

 

'Wonderful - I can't recommend it too highly'

Helen Macdonald

 

'One of those rare, enchanted books' Isabella Tree'Beautiful - it made me cry'

Simon Amstell

 

'I was entranced'

Cathy Rentzenbrink

 

This is a story about birds and fathers.

 

About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour's life - and swiftly changed it.

 

Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair . . .

About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie's biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.

 

It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one's own.

 

It is a story about change - from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie's nest.

And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.

Charlie Gilmour - Featherhood

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