My Family and Other Animals

by Gerald Durrell

About the Book

My Family and Other Animals is the first book in Gerald Durrell’s Corfu Trilogy, a series which details his eccentric childhood on the Greek isle of Corfu. In 1935, at the age of 10, Gerald Durrell moves with his widowed mother and three older siblings from gray and dreary England to the comparatively bright and wild island of Corfu. They’re a comedic, rather mismatched bunch, with brother Larry focusing on his books, brother Leslie on his guns, and sister Margo on her current romance/obsession. Though his mother hires a series of tutors to tend to his education, young Gerald is most especially interested in the wildlife on the island, and a great procession of pets eventually makes its way into the Durrell home—dogs, snakes, toads, magpies, tortoise, and more, causing much in the way of family drama. Corfu, and all the color and character of its plants, animals, and people, make for an irresistible backdrop. The book and its sequels were later adapted for the show The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS.

About the Author

Gerald Durrell was born in1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father, the family eventually settled in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood and discovered his love for natural history. He went on to found the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations’ Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. Gerald Durrell died in 1995 at the age of 70.

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