The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London, By Christopher Skaife, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2018, hardcover, 256 pages
The Tower of London is home to seven ravens, which have a special place in British folklore. Legend has it that if a raven should ever leave the tower, the kingdom will fall. And so, Christopher Skaife, one of the former soldiers serving as a ceremonial guard, takes care of the birds. He describes feeding them biscuits soaked in blood and dealing with fox invasions and other misadventures. And he sheds light on the ravens’ fascinating and complex personalities and behaviors.