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Helen Macdonald is best known for H is for Hawk, which won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize and Costa Book Award. In 2016, it also won the Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger in France. Her other books include Shaler's Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and her most recent, Vesper Flights (2020).
Macdonald has written and narrated several radio programs, and appeared in the BBC Four documentary series, Birds Britannia, in 2010. She also helped make the film "10 X Murmuration" with filmmaker Sarah Wood as part of a 2015 exhibition at the Brighton Festival. In H is for Hawk: A New Chapter, part of BBC's Natural World series in 2017, she trained a new goshawk chick.
Presently, Macdonald is an Affiliated Research Scholar in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.