The Durrells of Corfu
by Michael Haag
Editor: Profile Books Ltd
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The family Durrell are immortalized in Gerald Durrell is My Family and Other Animals, and its adaptation ITV, The DurrellsBut what is it about real life, Durrells?Why did they go to Corfu in the first place – and what happened after he left?The true story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as nothing in Gerry’s books, and Michael Haag, with his first-hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, relying on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments.The Corfu Durrells describes the family of education in India and the crisis that brought them to England and Greece.It recalls the real characters they met on Corfu – Theodore the biologist, taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and prisoner Kosti – and the visit of the American writer Henry Miller.And Haag has found the story of how Corfu’s left-wing Durrells, including Margo and Larry’s last-minute escape before the war.A long epilogue looks at the emergence of Larry as a world famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the life of the rest of the family, their friends and other animals.The book is illustrated with family photos of Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them are reproduced here for the first time.
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