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Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald


Sevenoaks 2020 Book of the Year


Small but perfectly formed essays that are the essence of our relationship with nature.


Helen is such a wonderful writer and the essays are so varied in their subjects but all equally filled with verve, clear sight, and an infectious love of life.

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Animals don’t exist to teach us things, but that is what they have always done, and most of what they teach us is what we think we know about ourselves. This book presents a transcendent collection of essays about the human relationship to the natural world. Helen Macdonald brings together a collection of her best loved pieces, along with new essays on topics and stories ranging from nostalgia and science fiction to the true account of a refugee’s flight to the UK.