Beasts in My Belfry
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Beasts in My Belfry

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Written with Gerald Durrell's usual sharp eye for observing humour in any situation, Beasts in my Belfry will delight fans both old and new.

At the age of two I made up my mind quite firmly and unequivocally that the only thing I wanted to do was study animals. Nothing else interested me.

Beasts in My Belfry is a charming account of Gerald Durrell's first job in 1945 as a student keeper at Whipsnade Zoo. Over a year, we encounter a typically absurd cast - including Albert the lion, who's a dab hand at ventriloquism, and Teddy the brown bear, with whom the young Durrell sings duets. With notebook and pen in hand, the eager young Durrell observes his co-workers and animal charges alike. Whether getting dirty mucking out the buffalo enclosure or attempting to cajole a jitter-bugging gnu into a transportation crate, life at the zoo is certainly never boring.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 12mm | 166g
  • Pan Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Main Market Ed
  • 1509815368
  • 9781509815364
  • 18,731

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Durrell manages to convey not only that he loves animals, but that he enjoys life too - and wants you to enjoy it with him * Daily Mirror * A loving chronicle of jitter-bugging gnus, singing duets with a bear, stealing eggs to feed the Arctic foxes, practising tiger sniffs . . . Highly entertaining and informative * The Times * A hilarious record that no Durrell fan will want to miss * Sunday Telegraph *
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About Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell was one of Britain's best loved authors and pioneering naturalists. His books, such as the bestselling My Family and Other Animals which celebrated its 60th Anniversary in 2016, continue to entertain generations of children and adults alike. The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international conservation charity with headquarters in Jersey, UK.

'A renegade who was right . . . He was truly a man before his time' Sir David Attenborough
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