Title: The Ravenmaster: My Life with the Ravens at the Tower of London
Author: Christopher Skaife
Narrator: Christopher Skaife
Pages: 6 hours 39 min
Until a few years ago, I didn’t realize that the Tower of London had ravens or that there was a whole rumor that the city would fall if the ravens left. Christopher Skaife takes us through the history of the position of Ravenmaster and what it means to be a Ravenmaster.
As an American, I found this memoir to be very interesting. It was fascinating learning about the different ravens and their personalities, especially Merlina. I was also very happy to see that Skaife’s dedication to the ravens included upgrading their lives and keeping them as wild as possible.
After listening to this audiobook, which I recommend because you can hear the raven’s calls between chapters, I know if I am ever in London I will visit the Tower to see the ravens, and hopefully meet Skaife himself.
Trigger Warnings: discussion of animal death