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Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir Hardcover – 5 May 2016
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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)
A beautifully told, deeply personal growing-up memoir from the BBC presenter about life, death, love and nature.See all Product description
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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 returned when it got dark. Took jam sandwiches, packets of crisps and a bottle of pop with us whilst we explored the world around us without a care or worry, both in our parts and that of our parents.
The later few chapters of the book were far easier to read and relate to, and the final acknowledgement written with an honesty that made me think about the people and animals in my life with a gratitude I don't often express.
Sipping 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 intricately detailed account of his adventure into falconry was fascinating stuff, the tiny details, the painful trials to achieve his goal was captivating. I read on and on with mounting tension as Chris fell deeper and deeper in love with his bird. I was sobbing inside long before I reached the account of his bird’s slow demise and eventual death.
Chris Peckham’s character and passion shine through this memoir, I loved it. One final review; I discovered that this book was also available with audio for a small extra charge which I added and was a complete bonus for me. I spent an enjoyable weekend at a well known theme park with my family, listening to Chris’s captivating voice reading his own memoir, whilst my children did the ‘Scary’ rides. Brilliant.
Fingers in the Sparkle Jar: A Memoir