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4 Extra Debut. Springwatch presenter describes a lonely childhood - when he was isolated by his obsessions. Chris Packham’s memoir from 2016.

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

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2016.

15 minutes

On radio

Next Monday 14:00

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Role Contributor
Reader Chris Packham
Reader Rachel Atkins
Author Chris Packham
Abridger Jo Coombs
Producer Pippa Vaughan


  • Mon 9 May 2016 09:45
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