My Family and Other Animals

My Family and Other Animals  (English, Paperback, Durrell Gerald)

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    • Language: English
    • Binding: Paperback
    • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
    • ISBN: 9780241951460, 0241951461
    • Edition: 2011
    • Pages: 320
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    My Family and Other Animals is the bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Gerald Durrell, beautifully repackaged as part of the Penguin Essentials range. 'What we all need,' said Larry, 'is sunshine...a country where we can grow.' 'Yes, dear, that would be nice,' agreed Mother, not really listening. 'I had a letter from George this morning - he says Corfu's wonderful. Why don't we pack up and go to Greece?' 'Very well, dear, if you like,' said Mother unguardedly. Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long-suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies. Recounted with immense humour and charm My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood. 'Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities' Sunday Telegraph 'A bewitching book' Sunday Times 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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    Imprint
    • Penguin Books Ltd
    Publication Year
    • 2011 April
    Series & Set Details
    Series Name
    • Penguin Essentials
    Dimensions
    Width
    • 19 mm
    Height
    • 181 mm
    Length
    • 111 mm
    Depth
    • 0.94
    Weight
    • 176 gr
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    5

    a must read for all ages..

    one of the most delightful books ever written. lucid,humourous and simple,this book always brings a smile to my face.animal lovers would love this book more. the description of the landscapes, the vivid characters and the eccentric durrel family makes this a complete book in every way.passionately recommended for everyone.
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    Rusha Roy

    Nov, 2011

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    Book review- My family and other animals

    A must for all animal lovers. The author has done a splendid job in narrating it from the perspective of a young boy. The description is very crisp and realistic. The metaphoric usage makes the reading experience a lot of fun. I myself ended up learning so many new things about the plant and animal life. The book stalls mid-way for the slight monotony but the Family, their actions, beliefs and way of life does not fail to amuse and surprise the readers at any point. The author has conceived s...
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    Mani Garg

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    A must for animal lovers

    This book is for those who are in love with animals. An interesting tale about the diversity of animal life on the Greek island of Corfu. And along with it are instances of how hilarious his family was. I say try it out readers.
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    Sharmi M

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    5

    Naturalistic's book with great portion humorous entertainment

    Naturalistic's book... surprisingly with great portion humorous entertainment
    This is the first time I read this book. Wow... I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Definitely made me to look for his other works.... Even my 4 year old son asks me what Gerry did today.
    This book is all about series of happening in Gerry's household, so i don't have to read it completely or in-sequence to my son. Just pick any chapter and enjoy it together.
    A must read for young ones.
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    Sujatha Sugumaran

    Feb, 2013

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    Entertaining,Informative and Witty

    My Family and Other Animals is a must have in every collector's library. I have read this book several times and I look forward to reading it again. The author provides entertainment, knowledge and love for animals and plants. His wit and humor while dealing with his eccentric family will keep you smiling for a while.
    An easy read even for beginners. Highly recommended!
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    Supriya

    Aug, 2012

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    Loved it!

    I have read only a few books by Gerald Durrell but still i am an ardent fan of his work. I love his humour and the simplicity with which he explains his animal encounters. An amazing book. I have read it over and over again!
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    Aarti S.

    May, 2012

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    u call this childhood!

    my idea of a perfect childhood.. filled with exploration and adventure, and superb descriptions on food.. :)

    Filled with botanical and zoological information, this is a perfect start for such amateur enthusiasts, at the same time the small anecdotes by the author make the book very interesting and fun.

    I recommend this book to anybody and everybody who loves a good read.. age:12 and above.
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    Sandilya Digumarthy

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    5

    Worth every penny

    This book has a lot of good language which will help improve english.Excellent book for both adults and children.
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    5

    Best

    Nice
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    Neelam Mohod

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    Highly recommended

    V nice book for children's d best one.
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    Maitrayee Bhattacharyya

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    A:372 to be ecact !
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