We have just read Helen Macdonald’s critically acclaimed, wildly successful and award-winning book H is for Hawk, in which the author, an experienced falconer, relates how, following her father’s sudden death, and by way of self-administered therapy, she acquired and trained a goshawk, allegedly the most thuggish and challenging of raptors to deal with. The book sheds a fascinating light, for the uninitiated, onto the ancient and arcane world of falconry, and imparts a great deal that most will not know about T H White, author of The Goshawk along with his Arthurian romances. Certainly its success will be acknowledged by many a contemporary nature writer… Continue reading
Those readers who followed our recent thoughts as to the near-certainty of author, Jim Perrin, using as his latest pseudonym ‘DrudwyBranwen’ may be interested to read the comment which he posted after Paul Evans’ latest, and really very good entry in the Guardian Country Diary, 29/7/2014. His, Jim Perrin’s, continuing effrontery is extraordinary; then again we believe that he believes he is invincible…
We had not realised that The Guardian was a bilingual newspaper so we were surprised, as others may have been, that in response to Jim Perrin’s Country Diary entry for 28/03/2014 two comments were posted in Welsh. As there was no English translation this might have been seen as discrimination. Apart from the failure by The Guardian moderator to edit comments not in English (Jim Perrin’s Friends in High Places?) was it a ‘first’ to have comments in a language unlikely to be spoken by the majority of The Guardian’s readers?
And then there is the on-going question of Jim Perrin’s deceitful invention of multiple aliases: in any event, we believe — and have print-outs not yet shown on our site — that, by using pseudonyms, he has previously planted comments as double bluffs. Could this be another example? Who is ‘Welshbarbarian’? Who is ‘DrudwyBranwen’? Continue reading