A magical, endearing memoir … the literary romance of the year’ Oprah
‘A charming diary of life with a tame magpie – despite George’s bad behaviour, it will render corvid lovers (like me) green with envy!’ Katherine May, author of Wintering
George. When Frieda Hughes moved to the depths of the Welsh countryside, she was expecting to take on a few projects: planting a garden, painting and writing her poetry column for the Times. But instead, she found herself rescuing a baby magpie, the sole survivor of a nest destroyed in a storm – and embarking on an obsession that would change the course of her life.
As the magpie, George, grows from a shrieking scrap of feathers and bones into an intelligent, unruly companion, Frieda finds herself captivated – and apprehensive of what will happen when the time comes to finally set him free.