The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London

The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world?s eeriest monument The ravens at the Tower of London are of mighty importance: rumor has it that if a raven from the Tower should ever leave, the city will fall. The title of Ravenmaster, therefore, is a serious title indeed, and after decades of serving the Queen, Yeoman Warder Christopher Sk The first behind-the-scenes account of life with the legendary ravens at the world?s eeriest monument The ...

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Title:The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
Author:Christopher Skaife
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:1443455938
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London Reviews

  • Wendy
    Oct 03, 2018
    I have been a fan of ravens and crows my entire life. When I met the ravens at the Tower I fell in love. Ordering this book was a no-brainer! WAITING FOR IT TO GET ACROSS THE POND was a bummer. All the UK reviews on social media just reminded me how far away I am. Once it was in my han...
  • Beth
    Oct 16, 2018
    Such an enjoyable book to read! This will be the perfect gift for someone who enjoys reading, but it's hard to figure out what they like. It's light, fun, and easy, with some history, some fascinating information about the ravens, and and a few lovely pictures. Honestly, that's the onl...
  • Barbara
    Oct 18, 2018
    A wonderful story narrated by the author. Skaife convinces readers that ravens are indeed fascinating. Like the best of books that are memoirs centered on people and animals, the readers will come to respect and even love these creatures. Skaife is no nonsense, down-to-earth, but autho...
  • Mary
    Nov 26, 2018
    Christopher Skaife?s The Ravenmaster is about much more than ravens. Lots of information about himself and his army days. He describes The Tower of London and shares lots of history. His narrative voice made it seem like he was writing for elementary school children. He favors us...
  • Bettie☯
    Mar 28, 2018
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  • Toni  • Reviews & Randomness
    Nov 15, 2018
    5 Stars Ever since first seeing The Crow in 2004 I've always been fascinated by ravens and my dad worked at the Tower of London as a chef at some point, likely before I was born so when I discovered this book I just had to read it. I expected to like it but I ended up loving it! ...
  • Joyce
    Oct 24, 2018
    Anyone who, like me, enjoys books about "stuff," fascinating, trivia-filled explorations of almost anything, won't want to pass this up. Despite having lived in London, I honestly had no knowledge of the Ravens at the Tower of London and of the legend that warns that if the ravens disa...
  • Trish
    Oct 07, 2018
    I've been a fan of ravens for a long time and always detested their bad reputation thanks to silly old superstitions that seem to mostly derive from their physical appearance and the fact that they are omnivores. Especially the latter seems only yet another sign of their extreme intell...
  • Trish
    Oct 17, 2018
    Some might have already seen my review for this book. As mentioned before, this edition here is actually the one I wanted because the cover is much more beautiful, showing raven Merlina as well as the Ravenmaster and the Tower, hinting at the history theme that also permeates this gre...
  • Billie
    Aug 24, 2018
    Narrated by the author, with whom I now want to hang out and have a drink. ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 28, 2018
    I found every aspect of this book incredibly well done. From the personal tone it is written in, to all the interesting information it imparts. We get to know the Ravenmaster, his time in the military, and what it takes to get this position in the tower. We learn about the Ravens, not ...
  • Julia Simpson-Urrutia
    Oct 03, 2018
    Stepping back into history is fun, but ravenmasters do not really seem to go that far back, according to Skaife's comment that he is but the sixth appointed ravenmaster at the Tower of London. I recommend this very well written book for lovers of London history because tourists who ste...
  • Melise
    Jul 31, 2018
    I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit. It is a combination autobiography and history describing the life of the Yeoman Warder who is in charge of caring for the ravens that live at the Tower of London. He tells anecdotes about working with the birds, explains why they live at the Tow...
  • Orsolya
    Nov 21, 2018
    I am known for my obsession with England and English history. The obsession that comes into a close second place: birds. Both subjects own a huge real estate in my heart and together, they result in my fascination with the ravens living at the Tower of London. Christopher Skaife is a n...
  • Raven
    Nov 11, 2018
    Grab yourself a cuppa, perhaps a couple of chocolate biscuits, and relax into the company of The Ravenmaster, Mr Christopher Skaife. I absolutely loved the conversational feel of this fascinating and very enjoyable biography of Skaife's careers past and present, and the genuine passion...
  • Nostalgia Reader
    Aug 23, 2018
    4.5 stars. This will be a very brief review, not for lack of interest in the book, but rather because it was relatively short itself. Skaife is a delightful storyteller, and this memoir weaves the perfect mixture of facts about caring for the ravens at the Tower, personal history...
  • Heather
    Oct 04, 2018
    I've been following the author on Twitter for a while so I was familiar with his job and what it entails. Despite that, this is still a fascinating look at the care of the ravens at the Tower of London. If you aren't familiar with the story, there is a legend (which the author cas...
  • Emma
    Jul 28, 2018
    Told with wit and invaluable insight The Ravenmaster is a veritable treasure trove of raven lore and captivating personal tales told by a man of whom I am now frustratingly envious. Best. Job. EVER! ...
  • Becky Spratford
    Jun 29, 2018
    I reviewed this for my ALA Annual 2018 Booklist Read ?N? Rave Panel. Details: http://raforall.blogspot.com/2018/06/... ...
  • Hilary Scroggie
    Jul 19, 2018
    This was exactly the flavor of "strange corners of Britishness" that I like best. ...
  • K.J. Charles
    Oct 03, 2018
    I vividly remember the day of Brexit. Nobody knew what the hell was going on and the pound fell off a cliff and we saw the leading Brexiteers looking nauseous and terrified as they realised their actions had catastrophic consequences, and the Prime Minister's resignation only made it t...
  • Latkins
    Jul 19, 2018
    This is an excellent book which blends the life story of the author, with a typical day caring for the ravens and conducting tours at the Tower of London, a history of the Tower, and an examination of the behaviour of ravens. Each raven has its own personality and it's interesting to r...
  • Sara
    Nov 15, 2018
    When I was in high school, I went to London and visited the Tower of London. After leaving the White Tower, I took a picture of the Queen's House, leaned against a nearby wall, and was talking to a friend when something landed very close to me and I turned to see a very large bird sitt...
  • Jen
    Oct 11, 2018
    I?m glad I decided on the audio book for this one. It is read by the author and the joy that he has in his job shines through. And the accent doesn?t hurt either. ? Skaife goes from a young (seemly) hooligan to boy solider to Yeoman Warder. He describes each phase of his life w...
  • Montzalee Wittmann
    Nov 14, 2018
    Ravenmaster by Christopher Skaife This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. This is one of the best non-fiction books I have read this year. I enjoyed everything about this book! The book is laid out wonderfully simple and efficiently. This is a book about ta...
  • Brittney Foster
    Aug 07, 2018
    This book was exactly what I hoped it would be - a first hand account of life as the Raven Master. Skaife mixes in history in a very accessible way, people with limited knowledge of British history will be able to follow along. He added personal anecdotes which allow the reader to esta...
  • Anne Morgan
    Oct 10, 2018
    In The Ravenmaster, we have the first behind-the-scenes, insider story of what it's like being the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London. I follow Skaife on social media and have been looking forward to reading this book for a long time- and it does not disappoint! Ravenmaster Christopher...
  • Grrlscientist
    Jun 10, 2018
    review coming (as soon as i get the final version of the book so i can quote it in my review!) ...
  • Monika
    Oct 05, 2018
    This was really just an okay read for me. The parts that were actually about the ravens were great - the stuff on his life in the army, not so much. ...
  • Jane Ashford
    Oct 14, 2018
    I really enjoyed this description of the ravens' life in the Tower and what it's like to care for them. ...