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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

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My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

As an icon of England you might consider this a peculiar choice. It is, after all, a memoir of five years of a child’s life on the Greek island of Corfu. Sometimes, however, it is only when you are away from your familiar environment that your true characteristics become apparent. The story tells you as much about how the English see themselves as how they are seen by other people. The “family” of the title is the Durrell family: Mother, Larry, Leslie, Margo, Gerry and Roger the dog. The “animals” are the ones that ten-year-old Gerry, the author of the book, discovers, captures and studies while he is there. It is affectionate, colourful and totally hilarious. The ways in which this delightfully eccentric, and quintessentially English, family learn to adapt (or not) to life on the island in the 1930s form the backbone of the story. This is an internationally loved book and beautifully written, so why not try reading it if you haven’t had the pleasure already? And if you have, vote now!

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