My Family and Other Animals
Written by Gerald Durrell
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Chosen by July 2012 Guest Editor Caroline Lawrence: "I discovered this as a University student but fell for it as hard as any eleven-year-old. When I came to England to study Classics at Cambridge I bought the unabridged audiobook read by one of my favourite British actors, Nigel Davenport. Listening to him read about sun-drenched Corfu in the 1930s was almost better than my first Greek holiday."
My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
Chosen by July 2012 Guest Editor Caroline Lawrence.
'What we all need', said Larry, 'is sunshine...a country where we can grow'.
'Yes, dear, that would be nice', agreed Mother, not really listening.
'I had a letter from George this morning - he says Corfu's wonderful. Why don't we pack up and go to Greece?'.
'Very well, dear, if you like', said Mother unguardedly. Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies. Recounted with immense humour and charm, My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood.
'A bewitching book' - Sunday Times
'Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities' - Sunday Telegraph
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30th November 1999
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