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  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (3 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028415
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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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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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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By Marand TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2011
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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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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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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2016
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If you have recently watched The Durrells on the TV then you will have noticed at the beginning when the titles come up that the series was inspired by the books that we have here. The actual books that comprise the trilogy are My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts, and Relatives, and finally The Garden of the Gods. This kindle edition does have an active table of contents, so not only can you go to each book separately you can to each chapter if you so desire.

The first book here, My Family and Other Animals is the main piece, the other two books as such are really a collection of further reminiscences. There are things that you will find you know from the TV series, although there are differences as well, so don’t expect the two to be completely the same. Set in the Thirties the family are originally living in Bournemouth, when Larry the eldest son persuades his mother and the other siblings that a stay in somewhere such as sunny and hot Corfu is what the family needs. So mother, Larry, Leslie, Margo and Gerry (Gerald Durrell, the narrator) make their way to the lovely Greek island. Originally staying at a hotel, with the help of Spiro, a cab driver the family are soon settling into life in a villa.

As we see Spiro is of much help to the family, as is Theodore, who visits at least once a week. We see the strange and wonderful things that happen with this family and Gerry’s ever growing menagerie of animals, taking in all sorts, from dogs and a donkey, through birds to fish and insect life.
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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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I first read this book aged 10 (now 48), I was enchanted by the descriptions of Corfu, I wanted to go there, and it lived up to my imagination when I finally did go many years later! This book still captivated me when reading it again. It captures the warmth and squabbles of family life, the beauty of Corfu and it's people. The characters are brought to life by the author. A gentle, fun read. I really enjoyed going back to the Corfu first visited in my head all those years ago.
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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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