My Family and Other Animals
by Gerald Durrell
Editor: Penguin Books Ltd
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My Family and Other Animals is the bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on Corfu Island by the precious British ecologist Gerald Durrell, beautifully reworked as part of the Penguin’s Essentials range.What we all need,”Larry said,” is the sun.a country where we can make progress”Yes, my dear, which would be nice,” okay, Mom, not really listening.”I got a letter from George this morning – he says Corfu is beautiful.Why don’t we wrap ourselves up and go to Greece”‘ All right, dear ones, if you wish,’ said Mother unguardedly.Escape from the evils of the British climate, the Durrell the family of acne prey to Margo, gun-toting Leslie, library rat-Lawrence and naturalist Gerry, with their long sufferings of the mother and Roger the dog takes off for the island of Corfu.But the Durrells find out who reluctantly has to share their different villas with a whole menagerie of local wildlife – among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies.Told with a huge humor and the charm of My Family and Other Animals is a superb account of a rare, magical childhood.Sunday Telegraph A bewitching book” Sunday TimesGerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925 “Sunday Telegraph A bewitching book”.He returned to England in 1928, before settling on the island of Corfu with his family.In 1945, he joined the staff of Whipsnade Park as a guard student, and in 1947 he led his first collection animal of the expedition to Cameroon.Later, he undertook many other expeditions, visiting Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Mauritius, Assam and Madagascar.His first television program, Deux dans la Brousse, which documented his trip to New Zealand, Australia and Malaysia was made in 1962; he continued to make seventy programs about his trips around the world.In 1959 he founded the Zoological Park Jersey, and in 1964 he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.He was ordered by the British Empire in 1982Encouraged to write about her life
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