Win Chris Packham’s new book

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is TV presenter and conservationist Chris Packham’s rich, lyrical and emotionally exposing new memoir. We have five hardback copies to give away courtesy of Ebury Press (RRP £20).

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

The Sunday Times No.1 Best Seller

“Every 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! I felt like I’d climbed through a hole in heaven’s fence.”

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.

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 is unlike any you’ve ever read. Read Chris Packham’s interview with walk magazine.


 ‘Astonishing… brilliantly written’ Craig McLean, Radio Times

‘Fingers in the Sparkle Jar is like nothing else I know – a flickering vat of life itself. A brilliant and remarkable book.’ Robert MacFarlane