A Clutch of Gerald Durrells

We presently have quite a few titles (mostly first editions) by Gerald Durrell - including a very nice copy of 'My Family and Other Animals'

The recent ITV adaptation of Gerald Durrell's works about his time in Corfu boosted interest in his many humorous books - especially 'My Family and Other Animals' and its successor 'Birds, Beasts & Relatives'. Many people have grown up reading about Gerry's adventures with the local fauna on Corfu and the bizarre life led by his family during their stay on the island. Although these tales of their bohemian life are somewhat exaggerated and do stray a little from the factual, they are hugely entertaining and do describe how the young Gerald came to love wildlife so deeply.

Many of Gerald Durrell's books demonstrate his lifelong and serious interest in the preservation of endangered species and follow the trajectory of the questioning of the role of the zoo in the last quarter of the twentieth century. The zoo which Durrell opened on the island of Jersey gave rise to the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust which he created in 1963. The name was changed to Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in 1999 and it continues the vital work of saving species from extinction. 

 

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