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Head of Zeus
Blood Ties
Blood Ties Ben Crane

An uncannily brilliant evocation of the falconer's art and a moving story of a man's discovery of how to be a father.

'I was moved to tears by Ben Crane's beautiful memoir, Blood Ties. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his 40s, he recounts his struggles to reconnect with the son he thought he had lost' Good Housekeeping.

'A powerful story [...] of the ties that bind us, both to nature and our own families' TLS.

This is a book about a man's relationship with hawks, and his self-education as a falconer, and about his discovery that despite his Asperger's Syndrome, which hampers his normal social interactions, he can forge a loving bond with the young son he thought he had lost. He rediscovers his full humanity through his commitment to the training of falcons and his love of the natural world.

Ben Crane writes with uncanny accuracy and lyrical precision about the intricacies of birds' behaviour and their instincts. He has a ruthless eye for the minute details of natural processes – of plumage, the patterns of flight, of killing, death and decay. He's as clear-eyed about himself and his detachment from ordinary human society as he is about the flight of peregrines and goshawks.

Here is nature writing at its very best, interwoven with an affecting human story and an account of how a man mastered the ancient craft of falconry.

Head of Zeus, an Apollo book * Memoir
04 Oct 2018 * 320pp * £5.99 * 9781788546232
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'I was moved to tears by Ben Crane's beautiful memoir. Diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in his 40s, he recounts his struggles to reconnect with the son he thought he had lost'
Good Housekeeping
'One of the most talked-about books of 2018'
Shropshire Star & Wolverhampton Express and Star
'Crane, who has Asperger's Syndrome, dove-tails his descriptions of his falconry with those of another challenging aspect of his life – fatherhood. So we have parallel journeys'
Shropshire Star
'[Ben Crane] writes wonderfully about the natural world; he has a keen and sharp eye, alert to find detail and beauty that most of us might miss'
Church Times Books of the Year
'A powerful story [...] of the ties that bind us, both to nature and our own families'
TLS
Author
Ben Crane
Ben Crane
Ben Crane is a photographer, falconer and art teacher. This is his first book of non-fiction.
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