Fingers In The Sparkle Jar


052016051320160514 (R4)

Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, best known for his television work. But in his lyrical and emotionally honest new memoir, he reveals the life-events which would eventually shape him, and change him forever.

Chris brings to life his childhood in the 1970s, from his bedroom bursting with birds' eggs and jam jars, to his feral adventures. But throughout his story is the search for freedom, meaning and acceptance in a world that didn't understand him.

In this episode, Chris concludes his painfully honest memoir. He is a confirmed outsider - almost overwhelmed - but determined to do things his way, on his terms.

This unconventional and uncompromising memoir moves back and forth through time, capturing a child's view of the 60s and 70s - the music, the clothes, the cars - alongside recent, more exposing recollections from adulthood.

Read by Chris Packham and Rachel Atkins

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Pippa Vaughan

A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 4.

Chris Packham concludes his memoir. He's on the edge, but determined to do things his way.