Review: Vesper Flights

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Vesper Flights is a series of essays by inspired nature writer Helen Macdonald ( H is for Hawk ). Tackling topics like immigrants, climate change, and nationalism, Macdonald finds deft ways to relate these to the natural world or, in the case of climate change, our experience of pain and denial. (How is it, she asks, can we be in the midst of the prodromal phase of a migraine and deny it is a migraine? How can we stand at the precipice of climate disaster, with category 5 storms forming in 36 hours, and forests on fire all the world over, and deny something is very wrong?) From Swan Upping to the magic of swifts to the titular vesper flights, Macdonald writes luminously.

A treasure of essays for those who love the natural world and birds. I'm gifting copies to several people.

The audiobook, narrated by Macdonald herself, is really lovely.

I received a digital review copy and an audio review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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