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Literary Event, Wed 21 Jun 2017

James Macdonald-Lockhart

James Macdonald-Lockhart


Cakes and Ale Cafe

01228 544560


17-19 Castle Street,


We continue our programme of events in Cakes and Ale cafe with an evening with award winning writer and bird enthusiast James Macdonald Lockhart. James will discuss and answer questions about Raptor (£9.99, HarperCollins 2017), his eloquent study on British birds of prey.

With his stunning debut James continues the recent tradition of insightful, sensitive and well-researched nature writing set by Robert Macfarlane and Helen Macdonald. Of all the birds of the British Isles, the raptor reigns supreme, sparking the imagination like no other. James explores all fifteen breeding birds of prey on these shores from the hen harrier swimming over the land in the dregs of a May gale on Orkney, to the ghostly sparrowhawk displaying in the fields around his home in Warwickshire. This is a book that will change how we think of our own skies. The book was the winner of The Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Non-Fiction in 2011 and the Authors' Foundation Roger Deakin Award in 2011 and was acquired and published widely in 2016 by HarperCollins to rapturous reviews.

James Macdonald Lockhart has been a literary agent for over 20 years and is an associate editor of, and regular contributor to, Archipelago Magazine. Raptor is his first book.

‘If you publish a book on birds of prey in the tumultuous wake of Helen MacDonald’s prizewinning H is for Hawk, you expect comparisons. James MacDonald Lockhart can relax. His book is outstanding… His facts are couched in unusual and resonant contexts… The writing is beautifully precise… For Lockhart, it becomes clear, wild birds of prey represent the living spirit of a place- of Britain. In this delicate, complex, open-ended book, full of freshness and movement, he captures that wild spirit without ever making it feel captive’ - Sunday Times

‘James MacDonald Lockhart’s soaring debut is a perfect synthesis of travel writing and natural history … He laces vivid prose with illuminating facts to explore his own colourful experiences without shifting focus from the birds themselves … Lockhart elegantly depicts these creatures of the sky and, in doing so, celebrates the natural richness of the country over which they fly’ Financial Times

‘Lockhart's prose is usually so intimate, urgent, and visceral as to make his darkly resonant ruminations almost unfailingly gripping’ - Independent

‘A hymn in praise of living, soaring, terrifying grandeur … From the first page, his exquisite, poetic language is a sensuous delight without sacrificing scientific accuracy. Raptor is, quite simply, a tour de force’ - Daily Mail

Event details

Dates Times
Wed 21 Jun 2017 19:30


Tickets: £5 (redeemable against purchase of the book) available from Bookends (01228 529067) and online at

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Thu 15 Jun Jamie Bartlett
Wed 21 Jun James Macdonald-Lockhart
Wed 28 Jun Mary Paulson-Ellis



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