[Epub] ↠ The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Author Christopher Skaife – Tactical-player.co.uk

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Packed With Insight And Anecdote, The Ravenmaster Brings The Tower Ravens To Vivid Life, Each Bird With A Personality Of Its Own I Ve Been Fortunate Enough To Tour The Tower And Meet The Ravens A Few Times In Years Past After Reading This Book, I Cannot Wait To Go Back George RR MartinSkaife Is An Unending Fount Of Raven Lore Not Just Myths And Stories, But Habits, Personalities And Discoveries He S Made Over His Years On The Job Petra Mayer, NPRA Beguiling, Fascinating, And Highly Amusing Account Of The Strangely Magical Birds There S Joy In The Ravenmaster, As Well As Tragedy, Obsession, And A Rare Tenderness Toward Skaife S Avian Charges Skaife Is Doing Us, I Think, A Small Political Service By Introducing Us To The Quirks And Histories Of Every Bird In His Care He Is Letting Us Love Them In A Way That Makes Them Than Mere Symbols Marvelous Helen MacDonald, The AtlanticA Wonderfully Personal Account Of Life With The Ravens A Natural Storyteller, Skaife Writes With Affection And Insight About These Powerful, Unpredictable And Highly Intelligent Birds PD Smith, The GuardianSkaife Is A Jaunty, Top Shelf Storyteller Not Only Has He Got A Flair For The Basic Tower Story, And The History And Mystery Of The Ravens, But He Can Swing Off Piste, Like A Jazz Improvisation, To Fill In The Story With Scads Of Local Color Peter Lewis, The Boston GlobeThis Is An Utterly Fascinating Book About One Of Those Subjects You Never Thought You D Be Interested In Until, Well, You Were Skaife Is A Very Good Storyteller A Splendid And Constantly Surprising Book David Pitt, Bookliststarred Review The London Book Of The Year A Funny And Informative Account Of Life With The Royal Ravens At The Tower Of London Skaife Is A Born Storyteller Ian Thomson, Evening StandardBalancing Fascinating Tidbits A Raven S Need For Order And Routine With Macabre Details Blood Soaked Dog Biscuits And Ghostly Sightings , Skaife Titillates As He Educates, Rehabilitating The Gloomy Reputation Of The Raven Skaife S Conversational Style And Disarming Candor Make This A Rollicking Tale Fit For Nearly Any Armchair Adventurer Publisher S WeeklyFor Those Seeking The Secrets Of The Tower Of London Without Actually Being Imprisoned There, This Is Just The Thing KirkusA Delightful Read From A Masterful And Very Funny Storyteller Skaife The Ravenmaster Knows Birds In A Way That Humans Rarely Do He Gives Us An Intimate Insider S View Of The Seven Big, Powerful, Boisterous Ravens Who Rule His Life, Who Tease Him Mercilessly And Teach Him Well, Who Play KerPlunk, Who Plan And Execute Elaborate Ploys For Stealing Sandwiches, Who Guard The Tower Of London And Its Visitors And Only Occasionally Terrorize Them , Who Are As He Says With Characteristic Insight Much Like Us, Brave, Silly, Ruthless, Charming, Unpredictable, Brilliant, Lovable, And Complex Jennifer Ackerman, Author Of The New York Times Bestselling The Genius Of BirdsI Will Never Forget The First Time I Saw Chris Skaife, In Full Yeoman Warder Regalia, Feed One Of His Beloved Ravens A Chick Carcass The Group Of Nearby French Tourists Were Horrified, But I Looked On In Wonder At The Sheer Size And Power Of The Tower Ravens Chris Adores His Birds With Every Fiber Of His Being His Knowledge And Love For The Ravens Flies Off Of The Page In The Ravenmaster Caitlin Doughty, Author Of Smoke Gets In Your EyesSkaife Is Both A Raven Master And A Master Storyteller Compulsively Readable I Devoured The Book In A Single Sitting Lindsey Fitzharris, Author Of The Butchering Art The Ravenmaster Will Enable The Public See Ravens Not Simply As A Memorial To Days Of Yore, But Every Bit As Much A Part Of History As Monarchs And Politicians Christopher Skaife S Tales Contain Not Only Comedy But Also Tragedy, Frustration, Love, Hubris, Fear, Foolishness, Compassion And Uncertainty Keeping The Ravens Requires Constant Negotiation With Them, In Which, As Skaife Repeatedly Observes, We Learn Not Only About Corvids But Also Our Own Role As Human Beings Boria Sax, Author Of The City Of RavensChristopher Skaife Is Yeoman Warder Beefeater And Ravenmaster At The Tower Of London He Has Served In The British Army For Twenty Four Years, During Which Time He Became A Machine Gun Specialist As Well As An Expert In Survival And Interrogation Resistance He Has Been Featured On The History Channel, PBS, The BBC, Buzzfeed, Slate, And He Lives At The Tower With His Wife And, Of Course, The Ravens

8 thoughts on “The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

  1. says:

    I absolutely loved this book It s like settling back into a comfy armchair with a glass of wine whilst a well traveled friend tells you fascinating stories late into the night It really is like a good conversation shifting easily from subject to subject, full of little asides, peppered with amusing comments, consistently interesting Mr Skaife manages to write in a way that let

  2. says:

    What a weaver of tales this Ravenmaster, a wordsmith that from the first line has you under his spell and, by approaching the last , leaves you feeling quite bereft Funny, poignant, informative with a smattering of history, ancient legends and myths thrown into the mix this book should be irresistible to anyone even vaguely interested in these magnificent, highly intelligent bu

  3. says:

    A quick, easy read, written in a convivial and conversational manner, The Ravenmaster My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London is a pleasant enough read It flows well, and the author comes across as a jovial man with a geniuine love for the tower s ravens and a keen observational insight into his wards behaviours and personalities Which is all well and goodMy problem with

  4. says:

    Wrote a lot about himself, his army career as a drum major etc Totally uninterested in any of that, I bought it to read about those beautiful Ravens Reading between the lines I think he may be the type to be somewhat unkind with them One has taken a great dislike to him Birds will only do that, Parrots etc., if they have been mis treated, shouted at, clouted or whatever, well if

  5. says:

    I m so glad I followed my instinct to pick up this book Once opened i could not put it down and now I ve finished i want to know Lovely little stories about each of the ravens with great little nuggets about the yeoman guards My family have long history in the military and I read with a little smile on my face the antics of Chris as a teen and the change that military life gave h

  6. says:

    I came across this little gem through Facebook and have been eagerly awaiting the release since June I can honestly say it did not disappoint.This isn t a scientific book, rather a glimpse into the rather unusual life of author, who comes across as a genuinely good guy I read it in two sittings.Pleasure to read and worthwhile learning about some of the residents of the Tower.

  7. says:

    Ravenmaster Christopher Skaife has written an all encompassing informative tome, covering the many aspects of the highly unusual job of Ravenmaster of The Tower Of London , he covers the history of the Castle , Raven keeping, and coping with his past history and and his hopes for the future Ravenmasters A gentle stroll with humour and Birdie passion Well worth reading , I would reco

  8. says:

    I loved this book And yet I only chanced upon it, reading a tweet from Neil Gaiman I m fascinated by the Tower and the ravens, there is a series of mysteries in German I enjoy based around a fictional ravenmaster by Emma Goodwyn so it was great to hear from the real life ravenmaster The writing style is very informal, very conversational and you feel as if you are there, walking arou

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