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  • Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • A Memoir
  • By: Chris Packham
  • Narrated by: Chris Packham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

An introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school, Chris Packham was only at home 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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting tale of love and loss.

  • By Lisa Morin on 08-05-16

Sparkles with pain & beauty

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 13-05-16

Brutally & beautifully honest. An ultimately uplifting story of isolation, love & loss across the human & non-human spheres. Chris reveals a complex passion for the natural world - there's nothing simple or reductive here. Connectivity, autism, anxiety, grief & redemption - all thread through the journey. A tricksy mind is opened for us - like the specimen drawers finally explored by Chris' sister. We share its immense capacity for love & struggle for balance & survival.

Written with the eye of both an artist & a scientist, we learn about the human & the natural world & their complex interactions. He brings the 1970s to life with a few careful brushstrokes. But this is far more than a celebrity bio - rather, it uses that celebrity status to give an outsider hope - to promise that it is possible to transcend being different. Chris writes with humility & dignity &, in the language of the story, sparkle. A book to change lives.

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