My Family and Other Animals 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

About the Author

Gerald was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. In 1928 his family returned to England and in 1933 they went to live on the Continent (Europe). Eventually they settled on the island of Corfu, where they lived until 1939. During this time he made a special study of zoology, and kept a large number of the local wild animals as pets. In 1945 he joined the staff of the Whipsnade Park as a student keeper. In 1947 he financed, organized, and led his first animal-collecting expedition to the Cameroons. This was followed by a expeditions in 1948 and 1949, this time to British Guiana. He has also made expeditions to Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mauritius, Assam, Mexico, and Madagascar. In 1962 he and his wife went to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya to film a TV series, Two in the Bush. In 1959 he founded the Jersey Zoological Park, of which he is the director, and in 1964 he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.

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Publication date

30th November 1999




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