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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir by [Packham, Chris]
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"Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is like nothing else I know - a flickering vat of life itself. A brilliant and remarkable book." (Robert Macfarlane)

"It’s bold and beautiful, both raw and lyrical, and a rather special book." (Matt Haig Independent)

"Incredibly powerful and moving." (Richard E. Grant)

"A beautiful, riveting and disturbing read." (Guardian)

"This book is courageous, disturbing, original and at times brilliant." (Simon Barnes)

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A beautifully told, deeply personal growing-up memoir from the BBC presenter about life, death, love and nature.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4604 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Ebury Digital (5 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019CGXSBU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 268 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,248 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Wildly lyrical writing and unflinching honesty. It's a book that left me reeling. The world shifting beneath my feet, nothing is as it seems. I read and re-read beautiful descriptive prose, feeling the joy in the simple things like the colours of a starling's wing. It's the sort of book that takes time to recover from. I don't yet want to read anything else. I need to keep those moments. Chris Packham has given us a look deep inside his world and so we are hugely priviledged.
Thank you for writing this for me (and for reminding me just how awful the 70s were to grow up in)
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A moving and fascinating book. So hard to write of such extreme emotions. Strangely, it worked best for me when it was understated rather than poetic - but the very nature of the writing probably captures best the experience and the man.
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I have only given this book four stars as I did find it over-descriptive at times, but it is a unique and very moving portrayal of the childhood of someone who is different and found it hard to fit in with the rest of the world. Some have accused Chris of being self-absorbed and self-indulgent, but readers need to remember that Chris has Asperger's Syndrome, and as such would find it difficult to look outside himself and empathise with others. The book should be approached with this in mind.
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This has to be one of the best books that I have read in years. Chris Packham has an unexpectedly beautiful way with words, pure poetry, and the descriptions draw you into his world of fascination with wildlife, his obsession and deep love of his kestrel, and some of the difficulties and pain of his earlier years. His memoir dips into his memories in random order and we are absorbed into it too. The book cover is superb and is a brilliant picture of the way his mind works. I was particularly absorbed and horrified by his description of the fox incident. This is an honest, brave book, and one that is beautifully written. Congratulations Chris, you are an extremely talented writer, and I thank you for allowing us a glimpse into your world. My respect for you has risen even further!
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I don't normally review books unless they have really moved me in some way. This one is beautifully written, a real insight into someone growing up with Aspergers and learning how to manage and succeed in a neurotypical world. His descriptions of experiences with nature are a delight, whimsical, magical and at the same time honest and informative. I'm going to recommend this to my son as an insight into our aspie grandson's way of viewing the world. In fact anyone who wants to get some insight into the Asperger's mind should read this; I know every aspie is unique but this is a wonderful way to gain some understanding of that special difference. Well done, Chris!
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I have the same affinity with nature and the "need to know" as C.P. over the same time span. Nature keeps me alive. This is such an honest and revealing book. The descriptive element takes some work on the part of the reader, but it is all part of the writer and I would urge you to persist. Once finished you won't forget it in a hurry !
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An interesting insight into the world of ASD - rather upsetting in places - the way children treat others, never mind adults who refuse to understand the concept of some people being wired differently to the norm - if there is such a thing as norm! I suffered the same kinds of things as a child as I was also different because of illness though not Autism. I enjoyed the book in the main because I was interested in Chris' take on life - I found some of it uncomfortable and even distressing - I have an aversion to people taking falcons from nests and trying to keep them when they don;t know what they are doing and that's aside from the fact that it is illegal. I detest the film 'Kes' and feel it was responsible for a lot of kestrel nest thefts and unnecessary deaths ...
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Amazing memoir. Powers of observation and evocative descriptions of everything around him were wonderful. His brutal honesty about his state of mind and his relationships with family and others should be a must read for teenagers and older people and whole families who live with similar problems.
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