A question



I have a new book coming out with Graffeg soon. It is a narrative non-fiction story about a peregrine and the relationship of this bird with a woman who rehabilitates the bird and sends it back into the wild. It is a coincidence that this book has been written around the same time as H is for Hawk has done so well and I jokingly call it F is for Falcon and hope it benefits form the interest rather than suffering from comparison. I have yet to read H is for Hawk.

Anyway, there is discussion as to what the title should be. Below are a few suggestions. I would welcome comments, from individuals and from book sellers as to what they think.

So, please leave a comment. The image above will be the cover image.

1. A Hole in the Sky ( there is a phrase in the book,” A bird in a mews is a beautiful thing, but a bird in the mews leaves a hole in the sky”.)

2. For Love of a Wild Thing.

3. Ramsey Falcon.

4. About a Bird.

5. Fifty Shades of Falcon.



About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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33 Responses to A question

  1. Joan Jones says:

    My thought!
    A hole in the sky. A captive bird is looking to fill the hole in the sky.

  2. Claire Robson says:

    A Hole in the Sky feels right and references the book.
    A bird in the hand? (Although I prefer A hole in the sky)

  3. Juliet says:

    I love the first one!

  4. Cecilia says:

    Number 1, without doubt! (Number 5 made me snigger, though….)

  5. Anna Farthing says:

    A Hole in the Sky 🙂

  6. Wendy Morgan says:

    I love A Hole in the Sky…….for me it has a feeling of mystery, a title full of spirituality and the reality of a possible loss. A need to read the book to know the story which will undoubtedly be a beautiful one.

  7. Susan White says:

    Of the suggested titles, I strongly vote for “A Hole in the Sky” — although I might consider “A Falcon, A Lady, and a Hole in the Sky”. Whatever you use, “Hole in the Sky” is very catchy, conveys intrigue, and definitely would call me to the book. I don’t know enough about the story but perhaps “Fifty Shades of Falcon” — however it doesn’t grab me and make me want to check it out. “A Hole in the Sky” makes me wonder, what’s this? The other titles, in my view, are too bland and don’t tease my curiosity.

  8. Mo Crow says:

    Oh “A Hole in the Sky” works for me as the title Jackie!
    I loved T.H. White’s “The Goshawk” (1951) and “An Eagle to the Sky” by Frances Hamerstrom 1988
    & more recently “Wesley: the Story of a Remarkable Owl” by Stacey O’Brien
    both Old Man Crow and I loved the Australian film “Healing” 2014 directed by Craig Monahan starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and a beautiful wedge tail eagle

  9. Larraine says:

    Having looked at the link, Jackie, I like ‘Ffion and the Falcon’ ! But of course, it depends on whether Ffion is the woman in the book. (Beautiful artwork as always.)

  10. Larraine says:

    Now that I have watched the news report included in the link, I see that of course Ffion is the woman of the story. (So I still like ‘Ffion and the Falcon’!). ‘The Hole in the Sky’ is probably more professional a title though and I like it very much.

  11. Katherine Knupp says:

    I am trying to picture the title with the cover image and “A hole in the Sky” seems inconsistent with the image. To my mind’s eye. “For love of a wild thing” I can see. That title with that image makes my heart quicken. My two cents.

  12. I like A Hole in the Sky, as well. But runner up is For love of a wild thing.
    Definitely NOT the 50 shades title. It is such a cliché now that it would not honour the falcon enough.

  13. Della says:

    Another vote here for A hole in the sky

  14. Miki says:

    The cover image is stunning! I love the epigram “A bird in a mews is a beautiful thing, but a bird in the mews leaves a hole in the sky” but the imagery of “A Hole in the Sky” somehow does not seem to work for me. I am wondering if the title could be “Ffion’s Falcon” or “Ffion and the Falcon” with a subtitle such as “A Story of Fierce Love for the Wild”. I am touched by the love, respect and trust between Ffion and the falcon. I think it is important to have Ffion’s name in the title as it suggests many meanings and depth. Ffion is a beautiful name. I love the sound of it and it means “foxglove” in Welsh. Therefore, her name suggests nature and Wales, where this remarkable story unfolded. I think, even if someone does not know the meaning of her name, it has a resonance and conveys the timeless mystery.

  15. Leslie says:

    A Hole in the Sky! Lovely title and so evocative of a bird of prey in flight.

  16. Lesley says:

    I’m liking “For love of a wild thing” which for me makes me think that no matter how much love or deep a bond we may build with a wild creature, nature has her way of releasing a free spirit to it’s rightful place, Jackie your falcon is beautiful!

  17. Tricia says:

    I love A Hole in the Sky and Ffion’s Falcon too.

  18. WOL says:

    What about “Peregrinations”? A play on the word “peregrinate” — which means “to travel about on foot” — which is what a bird unable to fly must do until it has been rehabilitated and is able to fly again, and the fact that the Latin name for the bird is “Falco peregrinus” — and “peregrinus” is Latin for “foreigner, one from abroad”. A bird, a creature of the air, would certainly be a foreigner among us earthbound creatures, especially one renowned for its speed of flight and agility in the air.

  19. WOL says:

    Perhaps a bit too obscure, but “Ffion” is Welsh for “Foxglove” and “The Foxglove and the Falcon” has a kind of romance to it. And falconers do have the glove the bird sits on. Just another thought.

  20. Janet Gifford says:

    “Ffion’s Falcon” would be my choice, were it possible. I love the imagery of “A Hole in the Sky”; as a former owner of a small independent specialty book store, I know “F F” would have sold many more copies. “For Love of a Wild Thing” seems too generic for such a beautiful being. Peregrines are part of my world….I will add the book, whatever title, when it becomes available.

  21. Jude Walker says:

    Love the first one.
    Evokes wonder, loss, power – but, interestingly, vulnerability too.
    Jackie, your falcon is alive…

  22. Anne Dunn says:

    I like ‘A Hole in the Sky’, it’s a clever title which has a significant meaning.

  23. stacy hurt says:

    A Hole in the Sky is my choice. I love the imagery of that and what it conjures in my head.

  24. Helena Hartwood says:

    Ffion’s Falcon ~ or ~ the Falcon of Ffion

  25. Tom H says:

    We’ll have to sit down and talk about Peregrine falcons some time, Jackie. I’ve got a whole novel about Peregrines – there’s an excerpt over on the website. None of the titles up there quite do it for me, though – give us another list! All the best, Tom

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