Book Review: Fingers in the Sparkle Jar by Chris Packham

 

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Packham, C. (2016) Fingers in the Sparkle Jar Ebury Press ISBN976 1 785 03348 3

Chris Packham is a naturalist, nature photographer and author, best known for his television work, in this lyrical and raw memoir, he reveals the life-events that shaped him.

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Unofficial Countryside – Urban Pond: Part of my portable ‘Life Museum’?

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Keri Smith in her book ‘How to be an Explorer of the World’ uses the term ‘Portable Life Museum’ to describe the ‘cabinet of curios’ (the experiences, memories, and strategies) we carry with us that can be used to enrich our daily lives.

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Book Review: Living Locally by Erica Van Horn

Robert Walser quoted in the opening pages of Living Locally:

“What I saw was as small and poor as it was large and significant, as modest as it was charming, as near as it was good, and as delightful as it was warm.”

Artist, writer, printer, and bookmaker Erica Van Horn’s Living Locally is a celebration of simplicity, sense of place, savouring and seasonality.

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Book Review: Nightwalk ‘A Journey to the Heart of Nature’ by Chris Yates

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Yates, C. (2012) NIGHTWALK A Journey to the Heart of Nature William Collins ISBN: 978-0007415540

‘The hope, the expectation, gives a sense of purpose and after a mile or two a vision begins to form in my head, like the imaginary fish, but more obscure, more primal … and so every walk becomes a hunt …’

Chris Yates is best known as one of Britain’s most celebrated fishermen, and is a prolific writer about the pleasures of fishing. In Nightwalk he digresses, and shares his experience of an overnight walk in the English countryside around the summer solstice.

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