Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • Filename: fingers-in-the-sparkle-jar.
  • ISBN: 9781473529427
  • Release Date: 2016-05-05
  • Number of pages: 384
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher: Random House



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 only felt at ease 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 will be unlike any you've ever read.

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • Filename: fingers-in-the-sparkle-jar.
  • ISBN: 1785033506
  • Release Date: 2017-04-06
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher: Ebury Press



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 only felt at ease 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 will be unlike any you've ever read.

Fingers in the Sparkle Jar

  • Filename: fingers-in-the-sparkle-jar.
  • ISBN: 1785033484
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher: Ebury Press



A beautifully told, deeply personal growing-up memoir from the BBC presenter about life, death, love and nature. 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 only felt happy 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 will be unlike any you've ever read.

A Sky Full of Birds

  • Filename: a-sky-full-of-birds.
  • ISBN: 9781473503328
  • Release Date: 2016-04-07
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Matt Merritt
  • Publisher: Random House



'Prose from a poet and a personal take on the spectacles' Chris Packham, author of Fingers in the Sparkle Jar Britain is a nation of bird-lovers. However, few of us fully appreciate the sheer scale, variety and drama of our avian life. From city-centre hunters to vast flocks straight out of the Arctic wilderness, much-loved dawn songsters to the exotic invaders of supermarket car parks, a host of remarkable wildlife spectacles are waiting to be discovered right outside our front doors. In A Sky Full of Birds, poet and nature writer Matt Merritt shares his passion for birdwatching by taking us to some of the great avian gatherings that occur around the British isles – from ravens in Anglesey and raptors on the Wirral, to Kent nightingales and Scottish capercallies. By turns lyrical, informative and entertaining, he shows how natural miracles can be found all around us, if only we know where to look for them.

Chris Packham s Back Garden Nature Reserve

  • Filename: chris-packham-s-back-garden-nature-reserve.
  • ISBN: 9781472916044
  • Release Date: 2015-02-26
  • Number of pages: 144
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing



Many of Britain's plants and animals have come to rely upon gardens as an essential lifeline as their natural habitats come under increasing pressure from human activity and global warming. This comprehensive book explains the best ways to attract wildlife to gardens and encourage it to stay there. Written in a light-hearted yet passionate and authoritative style, the guide challenges popular notions of 'weeds' and 'pests' and invites gardeners to think again about the choices they make. Chris Packham's informative and lively text is complemented by attractive photographs and illustrations that will encourage an interest in the natural world on your doorstep, whether your 'garden' is a rural idyll or an urban window box. Chris argues that we have become so spellbound by 'nature's celebrities' – tigers, pandas and their ilk – that we are in danger of overlooking the most exciting species of all: those that we can touch, smell and observe in our own backyard.

Amazing Animal Journeys

  • Filename: amazing-animal-journeys.
  • ISBN: 1405277459
  • Release Date: 2016-01-28
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher:



Each year, billions of animals migrate from one part of planet earth to another. In this fact-filled picture book, you can discover each of their stories (from whales and wildabeest to butterflies and bats) and pore over a map to see their migration routes.

100 Things That Caught My Eye

  • Filename: 100-things-that-caught-my-eye.
  • ISBN: 1905825838
  • Release Date: 2014-06-01
  • Number of pages: 208
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher:



Award-winning photographer Chris Packham has traveled the world in his quest for the ultimate image. Here, readers are offered a rare glimpse into the imagination of an exceptional photographer at the moment he captures each picture. Chris has chosen these iconic images from over 25 years of traveling. Alongside each image is an accompanying explanation as to why he took it. Chris believes that taking great pictures requires the mind, not just the knowledge of science or of which lens does what. "It is about engaging that part of the brain which feels for the picture, that learns how to see it coming and then, in that critical instant, makes all the decisions from the heart. No book of technique will help you at the crucial moment. That type of advice has to be far behind you when you are poised finger on button. This is just you, alone, at the only moment in all time when, if you feel it, the picture may be there. It's not spiritual. Equally it's not scientific or empirical. It is artistic. That fusion of all disciplines which some of our species can manifest as a great gift."

Gizelle s Bucket List

  • Filename: gizelle-s-bucket-list.
  • ISBN: 9781501123658
  • Release Date: 2017-03-07
  • Number of pages: 256
  • Author: Lauren Fern Watt
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster



"The ... adventure of a 160-pound English mastiff and the twenty-something girl who grew up alongside her"--Amazon.com.

Ageing Popular Culture and Contemporary Feminism

  • Filename: ageing-popular-culture-and-contemporary-feminism.
  • ISBN: 9781137376534
  • Release Date: 2014-11-06
  • Number of pages: 254
  • Author: I. Whelehan
  • Publisher: Springer



How has popular film, television and fiction responded to the realities of an ageing Western population? This volume analyses this field of representation to argue that, while celebrations of ageing as an inspirational journey are increasing, most depictions still focus on decline and deterioration.

Amazing Animal Babies

  • Filename: amazing-animal-babies.
  • ISBN: 1454923377
  • Release Date: 2017-02-07
  • Number of pages: 32
  • Author: Chris Packham
  • Publisher:



Travel around the world to meet amazing baby animals in this beautiful book by BBC wildlife expert Chris Packham and award-winning illustrator Jason Cockcroft. Every day, billions of creatures are born and this fascinating, fact-filled book introduces kids to some of the most incredible baby animals as they begin their journey through life. From Darwin s froglets and baby earthworms to tiger cubs and meerkat pups, each one has a special story to tell."

Nature Cure

  • Filename: nature-cure.
  • ISBN: 0813926211
  • Release Date: 2005
  • Number of pages: 232
  • Author: Richard Mabey
  • Publisher: University of Virginia Press



"Mabey fears that he, like the swift, may be too specialized - given to an intensely specific way of life which, when threatened, leaves him with nowhere to turn. A life spent observing nature has taught him that any creature, even an entire species, might be made suddenly obsolete by the shifts of the world. Just how adaptable is he? He leaves the Chilterns with a near-complete set of the works of John Clare and an antique microscope, but without a frying pan. From now on he will have to think about a complete life, not just those bases he touched as a writer following his calling.".

Adventures of a Wonky Eyed Boy

  • Filename: adventures-of-a-wonky-eyed-boy.
  • ISBN: 0717170373
  • Release Date: 2016-09-16
  • Number of pages: 392
  • Author: Jason Byrne
  • Publisher: Gill Books



A hilarious childhood memoir from one of Ireland's funniest comedians.

Where the Animals Go

  • Filename: where-the-animals-go.
  • ISBN: 0393634027
  • Release Date: 2017-09-26
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: James Cheshire
  • Publisher:



"Beautiful and thrilling, a combination of the best in science and exposition, and a joy to study cover to cover."--Edward O. Wilson

Can I Say

  • Filename: can-i-say.
  • ISBN: 9780062319449
  • Release Date: 2015-10-20
  • Number of pages: 416
  • Author: Travis Barker
  • Publisher: Harper Collins



Travis Barker’s soul-baring memoir chronicles the highlights and lowlights of the renowned drummer’s art and his life, including the harrowing plane crash that nearly killed him and his traumatic road to recovery—a fascinating never-before-told-in-full story of personal reinvention grounded in musical salvation and fatherhood. After breaking out as the acclaimed drummer of the multiplatinum punk band Blink-182, everything changed for Travis Barker. But the dark side of rock stardom took its toll: his marriage, chronicled for an MTV reality show, fell apart. Constant touring concealed a serious drug addiction. A reckoning did not truly come until he was forced to face mortality: His life nearly ended in a horrifying plane crash, and then his close friend, collaborator, and fellow crash survivor DJ AM died of an overdose. In this blunt, driving memoir, Barker ruminates on rock stardom, fatherhood, death, loss, and redemption, sharing stories shaped by decades’ worth of hard-earned insights. His pulsating memoir is as energetic as his acclaimed beats. It brings to a close the first chapters of a well-lived life, inspiring readers to follow the rhythms of their own hearts and find meaning in their lives.

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