Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

Non-Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Literary Biography & Memoir
Paperback Published on: 06/04/2017
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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
An unusual memoir of a very interesting man
This isn't necessarily an easy memoir to read - the focus moves around through Packham's childhood, the late 1960s to the rise of punk rock in the late 197... READ MORE
Jane E Skudder


As announced on BBC's Springwatch, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar was voted Britain's favourite piece of nature writing in an online poll organised by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Described by one voter as “the most powerful, honest account I’ve ever read about how nature can shape a person”, this searingly personal memoir is also an expert, intimate observation of the natural world and a powerful argument for why it matters. 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 at ease 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, and 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. But 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 will be unlike any you've ever read.

  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781785033506
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Weight: 260g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 126 x 23 mm

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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
Haunting and enlightening
I was completely bowled over by this book. I have long admired Chris Packham as a photographer and presenter. This book is so beautifully written. You are ... READ MORE
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar
A memoir indeed
This book is an amazing piece of work. The way the words are used is like no book I have read in a very long time. It lends some insight into growing up wh... READ MORE
Helena Azzam