My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals

4.24 (31,118 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author) 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days
When will my order arrive?


The inspiration behind ITV's hit family drama, The Durrells.

Part of the Macmillan Collector's Library; a series of stunning, clothbound, pocket sized classics with gold foiled edges and ribbon markers. These beautiful books make perfect gifts or a treat for any book lover. This edition features an afterword by Peter Olney, former Keeper of Birds at the London Zoo, and a distinguished ornithologist who was awarded the Zoological Society of London's Silver Medal in 2003.

My Family and Other Animals is Gerald Durrell's hilarious account of five years in his childhood spent living with his family on the island of Corfu. With snakes, scorpions, toads, owls and geckos competing for space with one bookworm brother and another who's gun-mad, as well as an obsessive sister, young Gerald has an awful lot of natural history to observe. This richly detailed, informative and riotously funny memoir of eccentric family life is a twentieth-century classic.
show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 376 pages
  • 101 x 157 x 20mm | 216g
  • Macmillan Collector's Library
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Reissue, Unabridged
  • 1909621986
  • 9781909621985
  • 36,965

Table of contents

Introduction - i: The Speech for the Defence

Unit - 1: Part One
Chapter - 0: The Migration
Chapter - 1: The Unsuspected Isle
Chapter - 2: The Strawberry-Pink Villa
Chapter - 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
Chapter - 4: A Bushel of Learning
Chapter - 5: A Treasure of Spiders
Chapter - 6: The Sweet Spring
Chapter - 0: Conversation
Unit - 2: Part Two
Chapter - 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
Chapter - 8: The Tortoise Hills
Chapter - 9: The World in a Wall
Chapter - 10: The Pageant of Fireflies
Chapter - 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
Chapter - 12: The Woodcock Winter
Chapter - 0: Conversation
Unit - 3: Part Three
Chapter - 13: The Snow-White Villa
Chapter - 14: The Talking Flowers
Chapter - 15: The Cyclamen Woods
Chapter - 16: The Lake of Lilies
Chapter - 17: The Chessboard Fields
Chapter - 18: An Entertainment with Animals
Chapter - 0: The Return

Acknowledgements - ii: A Message from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
Acknowledgements - iii: Afterword
show more

Review Text

I do assure you, the world needs Durrell. Sir David Attenborough
show more

Review quote

He [Durrell] produced a literary masterpiece that remains the finest evocation of paradise ever written. He built a paradise based on his own beliefs of what a zoo should be. And after his death in 1995, he left behind an organisation that works to restore a touch of paradise to humanity and to everything else that lives. -- Simon Barnes * Independent * The enduring joy of the book resides in reading about a bohemian family when you have never been part of one yourself . . . One night I laughed so hard I slipped out of bed, whacking my head on the nightstand -- Meg Rosoff * The Guardian * I do assure you, the world needs Durrell. -- Sir David Attenborough
show more

About Gerald Durrell

Gerald Durrell was a naturalist, author, media personality, conservationist and founder of both the internationally renowned Jersey Zoo and what is now known as the Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust. A passionate and inspiring advocate of the need for the conservation of animals and plants and their habitats, he was also a brilliant storyteller. His early family life forms the basis for the ITV drama, The Durrells.

Though he had almost no formal education he became a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles and thirty-seven books including Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods, before his death in 1995, aged seventy.
show more

Rating details

31,118 ratings
4.24 out of 5 stars
5 48% (15,045)
4 33% (10,401)
3 14% (4,383)
2 3% (970)
1 1% (319)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X