Paperback | 2nd Revised edition | Dec 2016 | REAKTION BOOKS | 9781780236414 | 240pp | 198x129mm | GEN | AUD$21.99, NZD$24.99
The fastest animal alive, the falcon deserves attention not just for the combination of speed, power, beauty and ferocity that have made it an object of fascination for thousands of years, but for the light it sheds on the cultures through which it has flown. This book, bridging science and cultural history, surveys the practical and symbolic uses of falcons in human culture in new and exciting ways.
Bestselling natural history writer Helen Macdonald follows the movements of the bird of prey, ranging across the globe and over many millennia, as well as incorporating the latest scientific discoveries into her tale. There are chapters on falcon natural history; myth and legend; falconry; conservation; falcons in the military, in urban settings and the corporate world. Along the way the reader will discover how falcons were mobilized in secret military projects, their links with espionage, the Third Reich and the space programme, and how they’ve featured in erotic stories.