Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Hardback Published on: 05/05/2016
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
A Powerful and Shining Memoir
'Fingers in the Sparkle Jar' is unique, startling, bewildering, frustrating and like nothing else I've ever read. Completely engrossing, this is a book you... READ MORE
Harriet Hughes at Lancaster
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Unexpected but fabulous!
This is a difficult book to review or even to describe but it is absolutely worth reading. Whilst described as a memoir it is more a collection of perfectl... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Fingers In The Sparkle Jar
I requested a proof copy of this brilliant memoir back in Feb 2016, and I was thrilled to receive one. I've been a fan of Chris Packham for many years. His... READ MORE
Kate at Preston


Every minute was magical, every single thing it did was fascinating and everything it didn't do was equally wondrous, and to be sat there, with a Kestrel, a real live Kestrel, my own real live Kestrel on my wrist! I felt like I'd climbed through a hole in heaven's fence. An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham only felt himself in the fields and woods around his suburban home. But when he stole a young Kestrel from its nest, he was about to embark on a friendship that would teach him what it meant to love; a friendship that would change him forever. In his rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing memoir, Chris brings to life his childhood in the '70s, from his bedroom bursting with fox skulls, birds' eggs and sweaty jam jars, to his feral adventures. Pervading his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him. Beautifully wrought, this coming-of-age memoir is unlike any you've ever read. 'It is fierce, disturbing and surprising - about the man himself and as a piece of writing. Both, frankly, are on the edge.' - The Sunday Times 'A raw, strange, mesmerising book.' - The Express 'A bewitchingly raw and unusual memoir' - The Sunday Telegraph

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781785033483
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Weight: 522g
  • Dimensions: 239 x 160 x 27 mm

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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
A love of nature mixed with a life of autism and mental health; astounding
I am in awe. Chris Packham's memoir Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is a brutal, beautiful book that subverts the memoir genre through third person accounts o... READ MORE
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