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...
  • Bettie☯
    Mar 28, 2018
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  • 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...
  • Lori Cox
    Jan 22, 2019
    This book feels like I pulled up a chair at the local pub and enjoyed a pint with Mr. Skaife. I liked learning about the 6 or so ravens that live at the Tower and the job of the Ravenmaster to care for them. Ravens are intelligent birds, one likes to play dead for attention and they ar...
  • 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...
  • Andrew Kline
    Jan 13, 2019
    A cute book relating anecdotes from the Ravenmaster and legends regarding the Tower of London and its resident ravens. It was like a 6-hour audio tour. ...
  • 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 ...
  • Emily
    Dec 20, 2018
    This book is a fascinating mix of memoir, history, and day-in-the-life of a Yeoman Warder in the Tower of London. The short chapters were well suited for my chapter-a-day nonfiction reading habit. In fact, they?re so short, I often read 2-3 a day. It?s not terribly in-depth, and ...
  • 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...
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    Dec 12, 2018
    Legend has it that if the ravens at the Tower of London should ever leave, the Tower will crumble into dust and great harm will befall the kingdom. It is the responsibility of the Ravenmaster and his team to ensure this never happens. Christopher Skaife is a Yeoman Warder and the Raven...
  • 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...
  • Margaret
    Jan 24, 2019
    Those of you on Facebook and Twitter who follow Chris Skaife aka the Ravenmaster, know just what a highly intelligent and quirky individual he is. This book showcases both attributes, along with his obvious love for the ravens he is now priviledged to look after. What comes acros...
  • Tara
    Jan 07, 2019
    I really enjoyed this look behind the scenes at life in the Tower of London. I have followed Christopher Skaife on social media for a while, and enjoyed seeing the ravens when I visited last year. This book details his life and military career, what it's like living in the castle, and ...
  • Olive (abookolive)
    Jan 02, 2019
    I was completely charmed by this book. Coming off of two decades of military service, Skaife applies and eventually gets a position as a Yeomen Warder at the historical Tower of London. He now has the additional title of Ravenmaster as he is responsible for the six ravens that reside a...
  • Steve Wiggins
    Jan 12, 2019
    Before reading this book I had no idea there was such a job as Ravenmaster. I has been decades since I?ve been to the Tower of London and I have to admit that I didn?t notice the ravens when I was there. I was too busy being a small town boy down from Edinburgh where I was working ...
  • 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...
  • Peter
    Dec 17, 2018
    There are many unusual jobs in the world, and equally many unusual jobs that literally millions of people have been the benificiary of unwittingly. One is to be the keeper, guard, frequently friend, and at times, adversary of seven ravens. These are the ravens that are found in the Tow...
  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    Jan 14, 2019
    A charming book in a disarming voice, by the man in charge of the Tower ravens. I was as fascinated by his personal story: a somewhat delinquent adolescence, service in the British army for 22 years, a degree in anthropology as he began wondering what to do next, and then a job as a Ye...
  • AG Reads
    Jan 18, 2019
    A thoroughly enjoyable read. Autobiography, ornithology, and history told in a casual, storytelling style that flowed easily and kept me engaged. I laughed at the ravens and the Ravenmaster, and learned some things about the Tower of London. ...
  • 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...
  • The Captain
    Dec 22, 2018
    Ahoy there mateys! I lived in the port of London for a bit and loved every moment of it. Of course one of the places we visited was the Tower of London. Which has ravens. As I hail from port of Baltimore, I have always been fond of ravens and Poe?s raven in particular. Plus there hav...
  • 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. ...