H is for Helen


Q: What moves you most in a work of literature?

A: Honesty, vulnerability, moments of forgiveness and redemption, and a recognition that we are all small and our lives so short.

~ Helen Macdonald: By the BookThe author of a 2015 Best Book of the Year“H Is for Hawk” 


  • Inspired by: “Read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read, read.” — Werner Herzog
  • Photograph: thetimes.com


  1. forgiveness and redemption. yes –

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  2. Yes, it boils down to that.

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  3. What moves us is a reflection of our own values. If I was asked what moved me in literature it would be a sense of connection, appreciation of beauty, meeting challenges and finding peace.

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  4. Helen. Humility. Humanity. It all fits.

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  5. Her book is brilliant!

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  6. Very thought-provoking, thanks!

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  7. I haven’t read Helen Macdonald’s book but I found that the beauty of Antarctica and my experience with nature there left me touched by the honesty and vulnerability of the animals we saw, which also led to a realization of how small we are in the grand scheme of things. Perhaps I should read her book…?

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  8. How beautiful! A book for me to read for sure. That pile is growing 🙂

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