SECOND OPINION: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

Review published on November 7, 2017.

This is not my usual type of read. I only know Chris Packham through his TV programmes. But this book really surprised me. It is more a memoir than an autobiography. It features very poetic language and provides an insight into how his obsession became his living. Also, I learned that he has Asperger’s. This can be seen in his single mindedness, which others may see as an obsession.

This is a book that will make the reader laugh, cry and, at times, exclaim why, oh why, Chris? It tells of his life from childhood onwards. His fascination and single mindedness regarding the study of nature are apparent from page one. The laugh and screw your face up in disgust moments include eating tadpoles, not to see what they taste like, but to become closer to them. Another episode is the removal of a bird of prey chick from its nest. An act that nowadays would be classed as a criminal act.

It is an excellent read that engages the reader and makes them want to know more about this engaging and frustrating character. It is a book I would urge people to read even if they have no interest in nature. Give this book a go. You might be surprised. I was!! It is a book that can stand several readings and not be diminished in anyway.

Alfred Nobile 5/-

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham
Ebury Press 9781785033506 pbk Apr 2017

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