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Claire Hill "Claire" (Exmouth, Devon, UK)

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Our Zoo
Our Zoo
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating memoir, 16 Nov 2014
This review is from: Our Zoo (Kindle Edition)
Publication date: 9th October 2014

Publisher: Headline

ISBN: 9781472226358

Source: Publisher, via bobookbridgr/netgalley

Marks: 4½/5

Synopsis:
A wonderfully nostalgic memoir detailing the fascinating lives of the working class family behind the phenomenally successful Chester Zoo.

When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny's lemon curd. Pelican, penguin or polar bear - for June, they were simply family.
The early years were not without their obstacles for the Mottersheads. They were shunned by the local community, bankruptcy threatened and then World War Two began. Nightly bombing raids turned the dream into a nightmare and finding food for the animals became a constant challenge. Yet George's resilience, resourcefulness and tenacity eventually paid off. Now over 80 years since June first set foot in the echoing house, Chester Zoo has achieved worldwide renown.
Here, in her enthralling memoir, June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humour, the trials and triumphs, above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.

My review:
I was so looking forward to reading this account of how Chester Zoo began, as an animal lover, I'd been enthralled by the TV series of the same name. The book is a little different to the series, which was adapted for TV audiences, but this original account by the youngest Mottershead is equally enchanting.

This memoir focuses very much on the animals and how the grounds of Oakfield were turned into the first zoo without bars, which I found fascinating. The attention to detail is fantastic, the recount captivating.

My only criticism is that I didn't really like so much focus on the war details, which I'm afraid I found a little boring. Obviously the war had a great impact on the zoo so I totally understand it's inclusion; I just prefer reading about the animals.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Slug Clear, 13 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great, 13 Nov 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great product, 13 Nov 2014
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4.0 out of 5 stars Smell lovely, 13 Nov 2014
Great wipes, but last few seemed to dry out quite quickly. Lovely scent.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, 13 Nov 2014
Lovely natural hand wash, love it.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, 13 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab, 13 Nov 2014
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Great natural product for cleaning.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great price, 13 Nov 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good value, 13 Nov 2014
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