THE ARTS OF FALCONRIE AND HAWKING
A Begginner's Guide, by Hodgesaargh!
also known as Dave Hodges
As well as being Editor of the RealHHG,
Dave Hodges leads a second, perhaps less strange, life as a fictional character.
Those of you who are familiar with the Discworld
books of Terry Pratchett may have already encountered Hodgesaargh, the Royal
Falconer of Lancre Castle, mentioned in "Lords and Ladies" and also in
the recent novel "Carpe Jugulum". The real-life Dave Hodges is based
on this character, or the other way around, I'm not quite sure which...
Dave is also a falconer in real life, where he has quite a lot to do with an
elderly and evil-tempered bird of prey called Lady Jane, who co-stars with him
in the Discworld books. He has distilled the essence of his bird-keeping
wisdom into a suitably short book in pocket A6 format entitled "The Arts
of Falconrie and Hawking, A Begginners Guide".
In his foreword to the book, Terry Pratchett writes:
"What can be said about David Hodges - man of many words, former driver
of one of the country's few mobile greenhouses, and falconer? I am delighted
he has unearthed this lore from the ancient mews. It must be ancient, because
no-one today spells as badly as that."
Not only very funny, and a Discworld collector's item in its own right,
the book is also a very informative introduction to the world of falconry,
from its "hystery" through to how to treat the inevitable
injuries sustained by its practitioners. Now in a new illustrated
edition, which includes unique original artwork by Paul Kidby and
well-known fan artist Catskind, for every copy sold £2 will be
donated to Terry Pratchett's favourite charity,
Foundation, to help preserve the wild population of Orang-utans.
If you go to a convention, Discworld play or other event, you may be cornered
by Hodgesaargh! and forcibly sold a copy of the book. If you don't go to the
sort of events where you will be harassed in this way, you can still get one
by writing to Dave and enclosing the correct amount:
UK and Europe:
£4.00 + 25p p&p
Cash or Cheque
drawn on UK Bank
Elsewhere on Earth:
$6 + $2 p&p
Cash or Internation-
al Money Order
|or pay by
Please send your order to the following address. Remember to include
your own name and postal address so Dave has somewhere to send the book to,
and state whether you would like Hodgesaargh to sign it for you. You can click
here for a handy pop-up-and-print
68 Gotch Road
Kettering NN15 6UQ