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Gerald Durrell
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6 Sep 2012

'I once travelled back from Africa on a ship with an Irish captain who did not like animals. This was unfortunate, because most of my luggage consisted of about two hundred odd cages of assorted wildlife . . .'

Gerald Durrell's accounts of the animals he encountered on his travels were some of the first widely shared descriptions of the world's most extraordinary animals.

Moving from the West Coast of Africa to the northern tip of South America - and elsewhere - Durrell observes the courtships, wars and characters of a variety of creatures, from birds of paradise, to ants and anteaters, among others.


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241955831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241955833
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 396,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerald Durrell was born in 1925 at Jamshedpur, India. In 1928 his family returned to England and then went to live on the Continent. They settled on the island of Corfu, and during this time he made a special study of zoology and kept a large number of local wild animals as pets. In 1945 he joined the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper and in 1947 he financed, organized and led his first animal-collecting expedition to the Cameroons. He undertook numerous further expeditions, visiting Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Mauritius, Assam and Madagascar. His first television programme, 'Two in the Bush', was made in 1962 when he and his first wife travelled to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya. He went on to make seventy programmes out of his trips around the world. In 1959 he founded the Jersey Zoological Park, of which he was Director, and in 1964 he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust. He was awarded the OBE in 1982.

As a self-described 'champion of small uglies', Durrell dedicated his life to the preservation of wildlife, and it is through his efforts that creatures such as the Mauritius pink pigeon and the Rodrigues fruit bat have avoided extinction. Encouraged to write about his life's work by his novelist brother Lawrence, Durrell published his first book, The Overloaded Ark, in 1953. It soon became a bestseller and he went on to write thirty-six other titles, including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, Encounters with Animals, The Drunken Forest, A Zoo in My Luggage, The Whispering Land, Menagerie Manor, The Amateur Naturalist, The Aye-Aye and I and, with Lee Durrell, Durrell in Russia.

Gerald Durrell died in 1995. Speaking about him to the Times Charles Secrett, Director of Friends of the Earth, said 'He was one of the first people to wake the world up to what was happening to the environment. His books and programmes helped a whole new generation of environmentalists come into being.'

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Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities (Sunday Telegraph )

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

About the Author

Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. 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 student keeper, and in 1947 he led his first animal-collecting expedition to the Cameroons. He later undertook numerous further expeditions, visiting Paraguay, Argentina, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Mauritius, Assam and Madagascar. His first television programme, Two in the Bush¸ which documented his travels to New Zealand, Australia and Malaya was made in 1962; he went on to make seventy programmes about his trips around the world. In 1959 he founded the Jersey Zoological Park, and in 1964 he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust. He was awarded the OBE in 1982. Encouraged to write about his life's work by his brother, Durrell published his first book, The Overloaded Ark, in 1953. It soon became a bestseller and he went on to write thirty-six other titles, including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, Encounters with Animals, The Drunken Forest, A Zoo in My Luggage, The Whispering Land, Menagerie Manor, The Amateur Naturalist and The Aye-Aye and I. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful decriptions of animal behaviour 8 Nov 2012
By Julie Cutler TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There are many variations in Gerald Durrell's writing style. This collection of BBC radio broadcasts taps into his skill of description...taking aspects of animal behaviour and painting breathtaking pictures of the light and landscape that surrounds him..the equivalent of a lush BBC Life documentary. A slim volume originally but dripping with jewelled delight for ants, tigers and ingenious birds among others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bought as gift 29 Nov 2012
By B. Hall
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Much appreciated by recipient who reads anything by the Durrells. Might read it myself when she's finished with it. Or not.
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By Mitch
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Gerald Durrell (who died in 1995) writes in a superbly descriptive, and often amusing, manner about various animals he had met on various collecting trips.
A great read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An anthem to life 19 Dec 2012
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It is a funny, flawless, delicious book about Gerald Durrell's adventures and perils in the "jungle", as he puts it for the forest. Easy to read, you will smile, no doubt, and sometimes you will really laugh. And the descriptions are always quite accurate and precise. In a word, one of the best non-fiction books I have ever read. Highly recommended.
5.0 out of 5 stars Encounters with animals 3 Oct 2012
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Loved the book, and all the Gerald Durrell books I read as a young adult. He brings humour to the important work he did preserving those animals that would undoubtedly perish in their natural habitat because of what Man has done to it. I wish you had more of of his books in your inventory.
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