Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

July 20, 2019 - Comment

Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature BookThe memoir that inspired Chris Packham’s BBC documentary, Asperger’s and MeEvery 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

Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature BookThe memoir that inspired Chris Packham’s BBC documentary, Asperger’s and MeEvery 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.

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Anonymous says:

An unmissable autobiography of an interesting young man I read this autobiography in a couple of days partly because it was a well-written easy read (unusual style though) but partly because I knew I would be meeting Chris the following weekend. It was one of the few books that has made me cry, not because of some artificial sentimental story but because of Chris’s determination to succeed in his chosen interests, even if it brought heartache and alienation. I hope I understand Aspergers a little better having had Chris explaining how is is to live…

Anonymous says:

Hard work! I let out an audible sigh of relief when I FINALLY finished this book. I’m unable to say how long it has taken me to read it, but it hasn’t beaten me, I wouldn’t let it.The enormous amount of adjectives Chris uses, flooded my imagination and filled my head with difficult to see abstracts rather than beautifully crafted landscapes. The book however, did remind me of how wonderful the childhood of we 50 something generation was. We were that generation who went out when it was light and…

Anonymous says:

the painful trials to achieve his goal was captivating Fingers in the Sparkle Jar…Chris PackhamSipping my cup of coffee in bed recently I became absolutely enthralled whilst listening to a daily reading on the BBC; an extract from Chris Packhams book, Fingers in the Sparkle Jar. Oh the sheer wonders of modern technology that then enabled me to instantly visit an online bookstore, and purchase Chris’s book, that fifteen minutes ago I hadn’t even known existed.Who of us has never experienced loss of one kind or another? Reading Chris’s…

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