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An uncannily brilliant evocation of the falconers art and a moving story of a man's discovery of how to be a father.
This is a book about a man's relationship with hawks, and his self-education as a falconer, and about his discovery that despite his Asperger's Syndrome, which hampers his normal social interactions, he can forge a loving bond with the young son he thought he had lost. He rediscovers his full humanity through his commitment to the training of falcons and his love of the natural world.
Ben Crane writes with uncanny accuracy and lyrical precision about the intricacies of birds' behaviour and their instincts. He has a ruthless eye for the minute details of natural processes – of plumage, the patterns of flight, of killing, death and decay. He's as clear-eyed about himself and his detachment from ordinary human society as he is about the flight of peregrines and goshawks.
Here is nature writing at its very best, interwoven with an affecting human story and an account of how a man mastered the ancient craft of falconry.
It was one of my new year’s resolutions to read more non-fiction and due to the many brilliant crime thrillers I’ve been reading lately, it’s taken me all this time to actually get around to meeting my target! But I’m so glad I got the chance to read Blood Ties as I loved it so much that it’s really got me going on my resolution for more non-fiction and I’ve already started reading my next non-fiction book!
Reading Blood Ties was a unique experience for me as I’ve never read nature writing before and I found it absolutely fascinating, especially the way the author’s personal life and journey was woven into this.
I really enjoyed the writing style because it wasn’t over complicated, and so I felt that this gave a much clearer insight into Crane's story and the ability for me to see things through his eyes made it all the more moving.
Most of all, I found this reading experience to be really eye-opening and I learnt so much, something which is so important to me and which I really value in a book.
Overall, I’m giving Blood Ties 4 out of 5. It’s moving, captivating and beautifully told. One I'd definitely recommend.
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About the Author
Ben Crane is a photographer, falconer and art teacher based in the Shropshire countryside.
After failing his A Levels, Ben began night school to pursue his love of art, going on to study a BA in Fine Art in Coventry, an MA at Winchester School of Art and a post graduate teaching certificate from Cambridge University. Ben spent his early career as a school art teacher before turning to freelance work as a photographer and artist selling his art at shows all over the country. Ben is the author of Sparrowhawks: A Falconer's Guide and rehabilitates birds of prey to return them to their natural hunting environment.
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