Gerald Durrell


My Family and Other Animals


Bit of a classic. Recollections through the eyes (but not the vocabulary) of a ten year old of family and insects/snakes/birds on Corfu. Funny characterisations, well retold anecdotes of eccentrics (including this biology mad kid). Similarities to Herriot. Interesting that the animal obsessed writer, inspirer of many of today’s naturalists, is still of his generation enough to see no tension between being fascinated by animals in this idyllic setting - or going out shooting with his brother.


December 2001