Thursday Book Talk

This is the first in a series of (hopefully) weekly reviews of books I’ve enjoyed reading or listening to. I hope you enjoy them!


The Ravenmaster: My Life With the Ravens at the Tower of London by Christopher Skaife.

Book Cover of Ravenmaster

Christopher Skaife has worked at the Tower of London for many years, working his way up to being in charge of the Tower’s Ravens. In this short book, Skaife talks about the history of the birds, about his history at the Tower, and about the ravens that currently live and “work” there. He is an excellent storyteller and tells his story in a no-nonsense manner.

This book is not is a scientific study of ravens and their behavior. Instead, it is a very readable memoir of both Skaife and his feathered companions. I recommend this for Anglophiles, bird lovers,  memoir readers and anyone in search of an interesting book about a little known (at least in the US) topic.

You can find this book in our nonfiction section. Its call number is 942.1 SKA.