RE4DINGS: James Macdonald Lockhart reads from Raptor

• Feb 25, 2016 • Tags: , , ,

In this edition of 4th Estate’s regular video series RE4DINGS James Macdonald Lockhart gives one of his first ever readings from his stunning debut Raptor.

RE4DINGS looks to introduce viewers to the enthralling personalities behind the books we publish, and this edition is no different. James’ reading is quiet and intimate, leading you on a walk through the wilderness of Orkney with its arresting poetic prose. James’ love for this island is palpable; the way he describes the wind may even leave you with a slight chill.

In this magnificent hymn to these beautiful animals, James Macdonald Lockhart 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. Of all the birds of the British Isles, the raptor reigns supreme, sparking the imagination like no other. This is a book that will change how we think of our own skies.


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