My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

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Soaked in the sunshine of Corfu, where the author lived as a boy, this delightful book tells of Gerald Durrell's early life with his 'family and other animals'. Brought vividly to life are the extraordinary members of the Durrell family and their many eccentric hangers-on, as well as the bizarre menagerie Gerry adopts for closer study. The procession of creatures he brings back to the strawberry-pink, the daffodil-yellow or the snow-white villa includes toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and geckos, ladybirds, glow-worms, octopuses and rose-beetles, Quasimodo the pigeon, the puppies Widdle and Puke and, of course, the Magenpies.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 104 x 180 x 22mm | 181.44g
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English, Spanish
  • 0140282599
  • 9780140282597
  • 118,538

About Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell was born in 1925 in India. His family eventually settled on the island of Corfu, where his interest in wildlife, a cause to which he would dedicate his life, first grew. He travelled extensively on zoological expeditions, and made over seventy television programmes on wildlife subjects. In 1982 he was awarded the OBE. Encouraged to write by his brother Lawrence, his first book, The Overloaded Ark (1953) became a bestseller, and he went on to write 36 other titles. He died in 1995.

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Customer reviews

Don't let the fact that this is an autobiography put you off. My Family and Other Animals is not a dry factual account of Gerald Durrell's childhood. The book is a charming and whimsical telling of wondrous adventures and a group of very colourful characters. It is somewhat reminiscent of an Enid Blyton Famous Five adventure. Young Gerry Durrell finds so much delight in the little things it really is difficult to put this book down. Whether he is discovering tortoises emerging from the depths of hidden caverns after months of hibernation, or causing an uproar at the dinner table after secreting a matchbox containing a family of scorpions into the house. There were many instances where I found myself laughing out loud. I also, on occasion, found myself holding my breath, reading with one eye closed and yelling at the page, "nooo, what are you doing?" This book is the very embodiment of the term �?�?�?�¢?~classic', and is one that everyone who is young at heart must more
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