Blog tour: Fledgling

Welcome to the blog tour for Fledgling by Hannah Bourne-Taylor!

Emotional. Inspiring. Hopeful.

Beautiful on the inside as on the outside, this memoir is written with great honesty and vulnerability. Set in Ghana, it transported me to another place and made me forget the big, dark clouds outside my window. Metaphorical dark clouds can follow you everywhere though. A great piece of nature writing that I would warmly recommend.

More about the book…

Hannah Bourne-Taylor grew up in the English countryside, the daughter of a biologist and conservationist. Years later, she found herself living in rural Ghana for her husband’s work. Without a job or purpose of her own, she sank into depression and was suffering from acute anxiety. Fledgling examines the struggles of reshaping an identity when ‘normal’ life has fallen away. Fueled by the power of nature, it is also a raw and uplifting account of Hannah’s unexpected bond with two wild birds who she rescues and raises with the intention of releasing back into the wild.

Brimming with determination and hope, it a reminder to us all that nature can provide solace in the most unexpected ways. Even the tiniest of creatures can show us what is really important in life and how to find happiness.

More about the author…

Hannah Bourne-Taylor graduated from the London College of Fashion, with a First in Photography in 2008. She became an equine photographer with photographs exhibited in the Royal Academy and solo exhibitions in London and New York. From 2013 - 2021 Hannah lived in rural Ghana with her husband who ran the ‘Right to Dream’ charitable foundation.

She worked within the charity’s media team producing a documentary series on gender equality in celebration of the foundation’s girls’ programme, the first of its kind in Africa. Since 2019, Hannah has ghost written and edited several books, including working closely with Anne Glenconner on her bestselling Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown.

Hannah is now back in the UK, putting down roots in the Oxfordshire countryside with her husband and their two Ghanaian rescue dogs. She is writing her second book, based around British wildlife and conservation, to be published by Aurum in 2023. She is currently actively involved in a number of conservation projects within the UK, including The Bumblebee Conservation Trust; The Woodland Trust; People's Trust for Endangered Species (PTES) and Froglife.


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