Fin­gers in the Sparkle Jar

Countryfile Magazine - - Annual Awards -

Chris Pack­ham’s evoca­tive me­moir of his boy­hood has en­rap­tured read­ers. Re­call­ing the the sum­mers of his youth, Pack­ham brings to life his un­happy, lonely child­hood and touch­ing re­la­tion­ship with his kestrel.

Our ed­i­tor Fer­gus says: “Chris Pack­ham’s mov­ing and painfully hon­est ac­count of a trou­bled 1970s child­hood – al­le­vi­ated in part by magical encounters with wildlife – has clearly con­nected with a wide au­di­ence and is a de­serv­ing win­ner of this award.”

Sec­ond place: The Outrun

An­other per­sonal me­moir, Amy Lip­trot’s ac­count of her jour­ney from al­co­holism in Lon­don to sal­va­tion in her Orkney home­lands pays trib­ute to the heal­ing power of na­ture. It has al­ready gar­nered sev­eral awards.

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