Helen Macdonald arrived in the global literary consciousness several years ago with H is for Hawk, the exquisite account of training her goshawk, Mabel, while grieving her beloved father. Compassionate and sublime, it won awards and hearts around the world. Her latest book, Vesper Flights, gathers together essays of observation, fascination, time, memory, love and loss, and how we make the world around us. Moving and frank, personal and political, it confirms the author as one of this century’s greatest nature writers. She talks from her home in England with Paula Morris.