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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir

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Chris begins his recollections as an introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school. It's not even just written in the third person, much of it is from the imagined point of view of the people around the author. Fingers in the Sparkle Jar' is unique, startling, bewildering, frustrating and like nothing else I've ever read. It's a stupid and facetious question, clearly nobody edited this book, it's a rank and steamy mess of adjectives and adverbs with no substance.

Summary: A young boy is viewed as an outsider by his neighbours, but finds solace in his love of the natural world. I first saw him as a child when he presented children's wildlife programme The Really Wild Show and have enjoyed much of his work since then, including his current role at the helm of the wonderful Springwatch. TV presenter, photographer and conservationist Chris Packham is one of the nation's favourite naturalists.The timeline flicks around, with the Summer of 1975, the Summer of his kestrel, playing a centralised role.

But even other scenes are well described, from the family dynamic to a film poster to Packham's school peers. Interestingly, some chapters revisit the same events through different perspectives; we see it through the eyes of an outsider and then get Chris' version of events.Loved Dara’s review and the book itself bits of it were hard to read but it was well worth the effort Chris laid a lot of himself bare for all to see in this book and it is all the better for it, not sure though that I could do that, not in written form anyway. What I especially enjoyed about this memoir was the feel of a kid growing up in the sixties and seventies. Packham has a thing for adjectives and spends his time creating magical scenes and situations with very little in the way of concrete narrative in between.

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