Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

Chris Packham


The 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!

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Voted the UK’s Favourite Nature Book

A beautifully moving and personal account from popular BBC presenter, Chris Packham. Revealing all about life, death, love and nature, Packham’s coming-of-age memoir details a difficult childhood and an early fascination for wildlife and birds. Now in paperback, the hardback edition was a No.1 Sunday Times bestseller. ‘It’s bold and beautiful, both raw and lyrical, and a rather special book’ Matt Haig

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.

About The Author

Chris Packham presented the BBC’s children’s series The Really Wild Show before setting up his own TV company and making wildlife shows for ITV, National Geographic, Animal Planet and the BBC. He is currently presenting BBC’s Springwatch and Autumnwatch. Award-winning illustrator, Jason Cockcroft, is best known for his internationally acclaimed picture book illustrations and his cover artwork for the final three Harry Potter books.

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Weight 268 g
Dimensions 127 × 197 mm



Ebury Publishing

Date of Publication

Thu Apr 06 00:00:00 BST 2017

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Chris Packham