Fingers In The Sparkle Jar

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012016050920160510 (R4)

Chris Packham's painfully honest memoir evokes his obsessive, lonely schooldays.

Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, best known for his television work. But in his lyrical and painfully 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.

Chris begins his recollections as an introverted, unusual young boy, isolated by his obsessions and a loner at school.

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.

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022016051020160511 (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.

Today, Chris continues to remember his difficult childhood, discovers the taste of tadpoles and encounters some bullies.

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.

022016051020160511 (R4)

Chris Packham remembers his difficult childhood - and discovers the taste of tadpoles.

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.

Today, Chris continues to remember his difficult childhood, discovers the taste of tadpoles and encounters some bullies.

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.

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032016051120160512 (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 decides that animals are easier to trust than people. He makes a nocturnal escape through his bedroom window, finds treasure up a tree and falls in love.

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 decides to trust animals rather than people - and makes a nocturnal escape.

032016051120160512 (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 decides that animals are easier to trust than people. He makes a nocturnal escape through his bedroom window, finds treasure up a tree and falls in love.

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 decides to trust animals rather than people - and makes a nocturnal escape.

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042016051220160513 (R4)

Chris Packham takes a kestrel from its nest, changing his life forever.

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 fourth episode, Chris takes a kestrel from its nest, forming an all-consuming friendship which will eventually teach him hard lessons about love and loss.

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.

042016051220160513 (R4)

Chris Packham takes a kestrel from its nest, changing his life forever.

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 fourth episode, Chris takes a kestrel from its nest, forming an all-consuming friendship which will eventually teach him hard lessons about love and loss.

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.

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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.

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.