[UCP Books]: Raptor: A Journey through Birds by James Macdonald Lockhart

“An odyssey. . . . A nature travelogue for dipping into and savoring.”


“Unique and charming. . . . This rambling, discursive, often poetic narrative should be savored.”
Library Journal


“[One of the] best books about birds and birding [of the year]. . . . The prose is so lovely that
you may find yourself pondering whether this really is Lockhart’s first book.”
—GrrlScientist, Forbes




A Journey through Birds

James Macdonald Lockhart


Publication Date: 22 April 2017
384 pages | 17 line drawings | 6 x 9 | ISBN-13: 978-0-226-47058-0 | Cloth $29.00



Following Helen Macdonald’s universally lauded H Is for Hawk, it would seem impossible that anyone could write a more beautiful book about the falcons, hawks, and kites that slice through our skies. With Raptor, James Macdonald Lockhart has done just that in his publishing debut—and it is completely different. On the steps of his hero, nineteenth-century Scottish naturalist and artist William MacGillivray, Lockhart treks through the fens, moors, and dark woods of Britain in search of fifteen species of raptor. Like Macdonald’s book, the result is rapturous, but in Raptor, Lockhart steps largely aside, letting the birds and their stories take center stage in a flight of gently poetic rhapsody. A transporting read for fans of travel writing, nature writing, and bird watching, alike, Raptor soars.

James Macdonald Lockhart was born in 1975. He lives in Warwickshire, United Kingdom.

Please contact Nicholas Lilly at 773.702.7490 or nlilly@uchicago.edu for more information.


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