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The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London | Christopher Skaife
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The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the ravens at Britains most famous national monument.
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chaoticgoodhufflepuff
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#chillingphotochallenge #raven

There are ravens living in the Tower of London that, if they leave, will prophecy the end of the English monarchy and Britain.

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon @Clwojick 1 point (40 total)

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StayCurious
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#chillingphotochallenge @Clwojick #Raven makes me think of the ravens at the Tower of London. It‘s said that if they ever leave then England will fall.

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jenniferw88
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Seshat
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Completely charming. I was only overseas during the student trip I took when I was 17 but now I want to see the Tower again.

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Susannah
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I saw the ravens of the Tower of London last year, so this book was very fun (I ❤️ an “I‘ve been there!” book). I appreciated the obvious affection Christopher Skaife has towards the Tower ravens, and the humaneness he tries to show them. There is clearly a measure of captivity, but Skaife‘s up front about it while conveying that he believes the birds allow him to care for them, and that he owes more to them than they to him. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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keithmalek
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There are no simply words for how inexplicably stupid human beings are.

MrBook 😳 Wow. Just. Wow. 6mo
keithmalek @MrBook that's nothing. Check out my post for the book Fear of the Animal Planet and find out what visitors do to zoo animals. 6mo
MrBook @keithmalek 😳 Oh no, I don‘t wanna! 😔 6mo
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Jschultzems
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(Disclaimer: I listened to Audio) The legend of the ravens at the Tower of London goes back centuries, and this book sheds light on the history and modern day life of the ravens and those who take care of them, as told by the current Ravenmaster. While I am sure the book is splendid (probably has pictures, too), the audio is performed by the author, adding his British accent to the story in a way that written text never can. A quick, fun read.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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Beyoncé in the background and ravens in the front? Excited to finally start this one. Nonfiction. This guy does something with ravens at the Tower of London.

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nikirtehsuxlol
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#libraryhaul what should I read first

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rabbitprincess
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A fascinating look at the ravens who live at the Tower of London, and the man who is primarily responsible for their welfare. Now I want to read more about birds and go back to the Tower for a tour! (We did the self-guided option when I went last time.)

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Callsie
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This is fun to pick up if you‘ve been to the Tower of London especially, but even if you were just curious. Went in April ‘18 and got the tour from ‘Shady‘ who gets a mention in these pages. I‘m SUPER jealous of the beefeaters and their families who get to live here (even with the odd creepy ghost)!

Crazeedi So cool! 9mo
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Reviewsbylola
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#remindsyouofyourhappyplace

I wanted to read this before my second trip to England next month, but I wish it had been published before my visit to The Tower of London last year.

It is a fascinating memoir of the Ravenmaster of the ToL. I never thought I would care about a bunch of birds but I fell in love with them and I was able to determine that the raven that I had an up close encounter with during my visit is Jubilee! #booked2019

LeahBergen This sounds fascinating! *stacked* 9mo
Cinfhen That‘s pretty awesome!!! I remember our guide getting excited about spotting a squirrel and my kids thought he was nuts!!!! 9mo
Cinfhen Woohoo 🥳🥳🥳🥳you finished quarter one!!!!! Well done ❤️ 9mo
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Reviewsbylola The squirrels there must be super friendly. I saw a picture of the current Ravenmaster with a squirrel perched on his shoulder! @Cinfhen 9mo
RowReads1 I know of him because of Twitter. Didn‘t know he had a book. Corvids are fascinating. 9mo
Cinfhen I‘m still traumatized from those f%cking critters who were the bane of my existence ~ we fought daily over the dam garbage can lids!!!! 9mo
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SkeletonKey
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Still trying to beat this 2019 winter book lull.

Starting this audiobook tonight. Fingers crossed!

#memoir #audiobook

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WanderingBookaneer
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SW-T The current Yeoman Master enjoys his job. 10mo
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Christinak
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The Tower ravens are big, unpredictable #creatures, with a powerful bite, who roam freely about the Tower and who have the ability to fly off at any moment if they so desire. #QuotsyJan19

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Rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city of London will fall. Everything you wanted to know about the diet, social structure, grooming, legend, history, health, and pecking order of corvids as well as the answer to another burning question: how does one become a Ravenmaster? The book strikes a good balance of being personable, candid, conversational, and fascinating. Ravens - who knew?

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Like his modern approach to keeping the ravens at the Tower of London. His approach sounds like a labor of love. ❤️ Learning a lot about birds and ravens. Good book so far!

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TieDyeDude
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A cute book relating anecdotes from the Ravenmaster and legends regarding the Tower of London and the resident ravens. It was like a 6 hour audiotour.

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MallenNC
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The Tower of London is such a fascinating historic site. This short book was an interesting look at the work of protecting the ravens and life at the Tower. #nonfiction2018

Librarybelle I really need to read this one! 11mo
Reviewsbylola I just visited there last February! 11mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle I think you‘d like it. The best parts are about the ravens‘ personalities. 11mo
MallenNC @Reviewsbylola It‘s a great place to visit! I have been a few times and I always learn something new. 11mo
JaclynW Oh cool! I love the Tower of London! I've been twice. Such a fascinating historical site! 10mo
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Vagablonde
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Finally, a review of the actual book!

This is a quick, fun read. It's got history, ornithology, psychology, mythology, jokes, gore, and ghosts.

CaitZ I just finished this too. It really is very fascinating 11mo
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CaitZ
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Ravens are one of my favorite birds so I had to read this. Skaife takes a conversational tone as he talks about his life and how he cares for the birds. I enjoyed it.

Booksnchill Listening to this one now- he is a character himself! 11mo
Booksnchill Also- great pic! 11mo
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MallenNC
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We have one more snow delay tomorrow so I‘m starting a new library book. I think this will be fun. #nonfiction2018

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Vagablonde
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The second fantastic novella that's not in the database is Talia Hibbert's Merry Inkmas. Super hot, funny, and incredibly quotable.

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Vagablonde
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I've managed to read two excellent novellas this week, neither of which are in the database.

The first is Tikka Chance on Me, by Suleikha Snyder, which is funny and sweet and easy to read.

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Vagablonde

Yeesh, it's been a while. Between DNFs, general busyness, and boring reading for research, I haven't had anything to post. But now I do and I'll try to keep up better.

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Wife
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I‘m charmed! A bit of history, a touch of memoir, and some raven behavior. I love ❤️ when it feels like someone is telling me a story, instead of reading a book to me. The author does a lovely job. His love and respect for the ravens are apparent. This was a solid 3/5⭐️s. Totally recommend the audiobook!

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Augustdana
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Some A+ dad jokes in here. Top five questions asked in the Tower of London.

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RanaElizabeth
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Yeah, I would definitely say the last month or so has been very blessed with #bookmail.

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NotAJot
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Just two dudes who write books about birds! Fantastic evening launching the #Ravenmaster's excellent new book

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LauraBeth
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Do you need a Helen Macdonald fix? 😍 Here is her review of The Ravenmaster:

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/10/ravens-tower-of-london/5683...

DivineDiana Thank you! I bought H is for Hawk for my husband when it first came out. He is reading it very slowly! 😉 The Skaife book sounds interesting! 🐦 (edited) 1y
Cathythoughts Wow ! What a picture 14mo
LauraBeth @DivineDiana I‘m curious to know what he thinks about it after he finishes it 😀 14mo
LauraBeth @Cathythoughts it‘s a tad creepy! 😂 14mo
DivineDiana Will do! But of the four or five he is reading, this one will probably not be finished this year. 🤷‍♀️🙂📚 14mo
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