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The Corfu Trilogy [9780141028415]

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The trilogy that inspired ITV's six part television series The Durrells. Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell - are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession ...causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family. Durrell's memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time. 'He has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics' Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals - but, above all, childhood moulded by these things' New York Times

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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  • 5
    The Corfu Trilogy

    Posted by Lucy on 27th Mar 2021

    Had these books as a teenager, so the series prompted me to take a trip down memory lane. So glad I did, and what a great service from the seller, A Great Read.

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    Posted by Anita on 18th May 2018

    I havem't been interested in reading for a while but oh my this has got me hooked. It's so funny and you don't need to have watched the Durrells on TV to be able to read it.

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    Transported to Corfu!

    Posted by Lizziehay on 24th Dec 2017

    I’d watched the recent TV series and just had to treat myself to the trilogy. Such a heartwarming story. Feel good. Read it!

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    Classic childhood memories

    Posted by Jenny on 9th Jun 2017

    If you appreciate rich prose,idyllic settings,humorous and detailed descriptions of eccentric people and fascinating wildlife, you will love these books.I read My Family and Other Animals as a child and was delighted to discover Birds,Beasts and Relatives as an adult.I am saving The Garden of the Gods for a rainy day...

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    Magical !

    Posted by Unknown on 29th May 2017

    A wonderful book to read , what a lucky boy to have had a mother brave enough to upsticks and take her family to this magical island.
    This is so enjoyable and a treat to read

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