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Helen Macdonald wins Samuel Johnson prize

  • Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk has won the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction.  

    The jury described it as a “book unlike any other”. It is the first memoir to win the £20,000 prize, media reports said.

    It is a story of how Macdonald, a poet and historian, trained her own goshawk to help her deal with her father’s death. Macdonald says that birds of prey obsessed her from a young age.

    The shortlist included a Roy Jenkins’ biography and an account of Vichy France.

     

     

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