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Gerald Durrell
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3 Aug 2006

Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise- My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell, are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy.

Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . .causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family.

Durrell's memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time.

'He has uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics' Sunday Telegraph

'A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals - but, above all, childhood moulded by these things' New York Times

Born in India in 1925, Gerald Durrell settled on Corfu with his family as a boy, and immediately became fascinated by the island's natural history. He spent much of his time studying the local wildlife and kept numerous, and often unusual, pets. He grew up to be a famous naturalist, animal-collector and conservationist. Over his lifetime he wrote 37 books, went on dozens of animal-collecting trips and presented numerous TV shows. He founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 as a centre for the conservation of endangered species, and created the Jersey Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1963. Gerald ran the Zoo from its foundation until his death in 1995, and his wife Lee is still Honorary Director of the Trust.


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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Aug 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028415
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,863 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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Born in India in 1925, Gerald Durrell settled on Corfu with his family as a boy, and immediately became fascinated by the island's natural history. He spent much of his time studying the local wildlife and kept numerous, and often unusual, pets. He grew up to be a famous naturalist, animal-collector and conservationist. Over his lifetime he wrote 37 books, went on dozens of animal-collecting trips and presented numerous TV shows. He founded Jersey Zoo in 1959 as a centre for the conservation of endangered species, and created the Jersey Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1963. Gerald ran the Zoo from its foundation until his death in 1995, and his wife Lee is still Honorary Director of the Trust.

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gerry and his enchanted island... 8 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
My lifelong passion for Gerald Durrells books led me to buy this volume, and I was not disappointed. These stories of a rare time during his young years (I don't think many other children had a similar childhood!) together with these really informative and never dull descriptions of all the animal-life around him make this book hilarious; and for good measure all these tales about his unusual family and equally unusual greek friends thrown in, well, if you have a passion for nature and love good written stories, get it and start reading! (Though I will be forever sorry that he does not live any more...)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Both wonderfully fun and funnily wonderful! 21 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
This book has real charm. In a world where we are surrounded by depressing news from the media, this is a real treat. It's a window to a gentler time, where families had fun and creative genius existed.

The writing is engaging, warm and funny. The characters really spring to life, and rarely are both humans and animals portraid in such depth.

Above all, Durrell led the most remarkable of lives, and it's a privaledge to be guided through some its highlights. If you love either people, animals or funny stories, this is for you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent biog of a remarkable man 21 Aug 2008
Format:Paperback
Gerald Durrell must be considered one of the champions of our time and these books demonstrate how from a young age his interest in wildlife was manifest. The tales are told with humour and honesty about the ups and downs of life and all the adventures he had are inspiring to say the least! The only issue with this volume is its size, so if you are intending to read whilst travelling or falling asleep it may be wiser to buy the individual volumes!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars St. Spiridion! 11 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
At last all three books in one volume including the otherwise out-of-print Garden of the Gods. This is an excellent gift for the uninitiated or a convenient way of having the entire series available for yourself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting 9 Jan 2011
By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I started reading this in the middle of one snow storm and finished it three weeks later when we were snowed in again. These sun-filled tales of Corfiot life in the 1930's were a brilliant antidote to the snow and ice.

I had only previously read 'My Family & Other Animals', the first of the three autobiographical books brought together in this volume, and that was thirty years ago. I started with an element of uncertainty that I would find that a book that had enchanted me all those years ago would be somewhat disappointing in later life. I need not have worried. It is still an enchanting read for both adults and children, beautifully written, evoking a type of childhood that is probably gone now forever. It is also frequently 'laugh out loud' funny. I also enjoyed the two additional books which were new to me. They cover the same time period but enhance earlier stories of the family's life in Corfu and relate new ones.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious characters 23 Aug 2006
Format:Paperback
These books are about Gerald Durrells childhood on Corfu. They have hilarious characters, and funny descriptions of the many animals that Gerald Durrell studied and had as pets while he was there.

A great read and memoir of how things were in those times at Corfu.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After the first book I wanted more! 5 April 2011
By Ladysal
Format:Paperback
"My family and other animals" was a set book when I was a school and is one that I keep coming back to. The opportunity to continue the story was great: I am frequently left wondering what happened next....
Durrell is a master at making even the most boring animal fact interesting and his descriptive abilities make you want to pack up and move to wherever he is writing about immediately.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Corfu Trilogy 5 Jun 2013
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Took me back to my youth, My Family and Other Animals was my favourite book in my teens:) A bit dated now but some really funny stories!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still an enjoyable read
I have just read the first book so far and it has some genuinely wonderful stories from what feels like the perspective of a ten year old boy. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Darren Allen
3.0 out of 5 stars The three books are a bit samey
My Family and other Animals is a great read but the other two are the same thing all over again.
Published 2 months ago by katy clulow
5.0 out of 5 stars Third copy
Had to buy a third copy because we keep giving it away to friends who stay with us in Greece. But I have to have one of my own too - and have read and re-read it many times. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mujum
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny and interesting
As usual, highly entertaining and well written. Even after all these years,
whenever I revisit these books I wonder why I have left it so long. Read more
Published 3 months ago by CHRISTINE
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Bought this for my eleven year old grandson for Christmas, he is really interested in animals and this is just the job for him
Published 3 months ago by Veronica di Mambro
5.0 out of 5 stars Physicaly large but readable.
The story is wonderful, a truly sundrenched and happy childhood.
Humorous, touching, and informative.
I can only recommend these books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Warholm
5.0 out of 5 stars good value
three books in one so very good value, have not read them as they are a present but they look good, beautifully wrapped so I cannot even peek inside , pretty cover picture
Published 4 months ago by J. Mackay
5.0 out of 5 stars Corfu Trilogy
A brilliant book
I would recommend it to both young and old readers
Very good for anyone interested in wildlife
Published 4 months ago by Mrs A.Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a wonderful as when I read it first time
Mrs May our 3rd year english teacher read this to us at Seafield. It gave me a lifelong love of travelling and saving things. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chris Innocent
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildlife on Corfu - human and animal - brought vividly to life
So far I have only read 'My Friends and Other Animals', the first account in this trilogy, but for this alone it is worth buying. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Laurence S.
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