- Author Charlie Gilmour
- Narrator Charlie Gilmour
- Publisher Orion
- Run Time 8 hours and 35 minutes
- Format Audio
- Genre Adoption and fostering: advice and issues, Birds, including cage birds, as pets, Care of the elderly, Earth sciences, Parenting: advice and issues, Relationships and families: advice and issues, Wildlife: birds and birdwatching: general interest, Zoology: birds (ornithology).
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What to expect
‘One of the best books I have ever read. Incredibly moving’ Elton John
‘I cant recommend it too highly’ Helen Macdonald
‘Ranks among the best modern coming-of-age memoirs’ Sunday Times
‘Where Helen Macdonald’s H Is For Hawk meets Gerald Durrell’s My Family And Other Animals … Remarkable’ Daily Mail
‘Beautiful, wise, compassionate and powerful’ Isabella Tree
This is a story about birds and fathers.
About the young magpie that fell from its nest in a Bermondsey junkyard into Charlie Gilmour’s life – and swiftly changed it. Demanding worms around the clock, riffling through his wallet, sharing his baths and roosting in his hair…
About the jackdaw kept at a Cornish stately home by Heathcote Williams, anarchist, poet, magician, stealer of Christmas, and Charlie’s biological father who vanished from his life in the dead of night.
It is a story about repetition across generations and birds that run in the blood; about a terror of repeating the sins of the father and a desire to build a nest of one’s own.
It is a story about change – from wild to tame; from sanity to madness; from life to death to birth; from freedom to captivity and back again, via an insane asylum, a prison and a magpie’s nest.
And ultimately, it is the story of a love affair between a man and a magpie.
‘An incisive, funny and at times traumatic study of the damage done by destructive father-son relationships and the struggle to smash generational cycles’ Evening Standard
‘A personal reckoning which is simultaneously brutal and joyous. I was entranced’ Cathy Rentzenbrink
‘A beautiful book – it made me cry’ Simon Amstell
Featherhood is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I urge you to seek it out, buy it, and be enchanted. It’s incredibly moving and I loved every single pageElton John
The best piece of nature writing since H is for Hawk, and the most powerful work of biography I have read in years. It announces Charlie Gilmour as a major new writing talentNeil Gaiman
Wonderful – I can’t recommend it too highlyHelen Macdonald, author of H IS FOR HAWK
Beautiful, wise, compassionate and powerful, Featherhood is one of those rare, enchanted books that sings to the soul of what it is to beIsabella Tree, author of WILDING
What a book! I was entranced. A personal reckoning which is simultaneously brutal and joyous. It’s full of light. I want to tell everyone about itCathy Rentzenbrink, author of THE LAST ACT OF LOVE
This stunning memoir flashes with as many colours as its enchanting subject, and draws us into a world of eccentric characters impossible to predict or forget. Savage, mischievous, moving, sublimeRhik Samadder, author of I NEVER SAID I LOVED YOU
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