My Family and Other Animals

The Corfu Trilogy

Book 1
Open Road Media
Free sample

The inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu, a Masterpiece production on public television: A naturalist’s account of his childhood on the exotic Greek island.
When the Durrells could no longer endure the gray English climate, they did what any sensible family would do: sold their house and relocated to the sun-soaked island of Corfu.
As they settled into their new home, hilarious mishaps ensued as a ten-year-old Gerald Durrell pursued his interest in natural history and explored the island’s fauna. Soon, toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies—as well as scorpions, geckos, ladybugs, praying mantises, octopuses, pigeons, and gulls—became a common sight in the Durrell villa.
Uproarious tales of the island’s animals and Durrell’s fond reflections on his family bring this delightful memoir to life. Capturing the joyous chaos of growing up in an unconventional household, My Family and Other Animals will transport you to a place you won’t want to leave.
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.
Read more

About the author

Gerald Durrell (1925–1995) was a British naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author, and television presenter. He is the author of the memoirs My Family and Other Animals; Birds, Beasts and Relatives; A Zoo in My Luggage; The Whispering Lands; and The Garden of the Gods; and more than twenty-five nature books. A student of zoology, he founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey.
Read more


59 total

Additional Information

Open Road Media
Read more
Published on
Oct 11, 2016
Read more
Read more
Read more
Read more
Biography & Autobiography / Personal Memoirs
Nature / Animals / General
Travel / Europe / Greece
Read more
Content Protection
This content is DRM protected.
Read more
Read Aloud
Available on Android devices
Read more
Eligible for Family Library

Reading information

Smartphones and Tablets

Install the Google Play Books app for Android and iPad/iPhone. It syncs automatically with your account and allows you to read online or offline wherever you are.

Laptops and Computers

You can read books purchased on Google Play using your computer's web browser.

eReaders and other devices

To read on e-ink devices like the Sony eReader or Barnes & Noble Nook, you'll need to download a file and transfer it to your device. Please follow the detailed Help center instructions to transfer the files to supported eReaders.

See entire series

“This is not a book you read just once, but a tale of terrible beauty to get lost in over and over.”—Newsweek
“By turns mischievous and openhearted, earthy and soaring . . . hair-raising, horrific, and thrilling.”—The New Yorker

In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with visceral authenticity. Though it is a diary of an unruly life in an often inhospitable place, it is suffused with Fuller’s endearing ability to find laughter, even when there is little to celebrate. Fuller’s debut is unsentimental and unflinching but always captivating. In wry and sometimes hilarious prose, she stares down disaster and looks back with rage and love at the life of an extraordinary family in an extraordinary time.

From 1972 to 1990, Alexandra Fuller—known to friends and family as Bobo—grew up on several farms in southern and central Africa. Her father joined up on the side of the white government in the Rhodesian civil war, and was often away fighting against the powerful black guerilla factions. Her mother, in turn, flung herself at their African life and its rugged farm work with the same passion and maniacal energy she brought to everything else. Though she loved her children, she was no hand-holder and had little tolerance for neediness. She nurtured her daughters in other ways: She taught them, by example, to be resilient and self-sufficient, to have strong wills and strong opinions, and to embrace life wholeheartedly, despite and because of difficult circumstances. And she instilled in Bobo, particularly, a love of reading and of storytelling that proved to be her salvation.

A worthy heir to Isak Dinesen and Beryl Markham, Alexandra Fuller writes poignantly about a girl becoming a woman and a writer against a backdrop of unrest, not just in her country but in her home. But Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight is more than a survivor’s story. It is the story of one woman’s unbreakable bond with a continent and the people who inhabit it, a portrait lovingly realized and deeply felt.

Praise for Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight
“The Africa of this beautiful book is not easy to forget. Despite, or maybe even because of, the snakes, the leopards, the malaria and the sheer craziness of its human inhabitants, often violent but pulsing with life, it seems like a fine place to grow up, at least if you are as strong, passionate, sharp and gifted as Alexandra Fuller.”—Chicago Tribune
“Owning a great story doesn’t guarantee being able to tell it well. That’s the individual mystery of talent, a gift with which Alexandra Fuller is richly blessed, and with which she illuminates her extraordinary memoir. . . . There’s flavor, aroma, humor, patience . . . and pinpoint observational acuity.”—Entertainment Weekly
“This is a joyously telling memoir that evokes Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club as much as it does Isak Dinesen’s Out of Africa.”—New York Daily News
“Riveting . . . [full of] humor and compassion.”—O: The Oprah Magazine
“The incredible story of an incredible childhood.”—The Providence Journal

From the Hardcover edition.
„- Elég! - förmedt rá Helmuth. - Épp eleget hallottunk. Beállít magához egy idegen, hogy a segítségére legyen, hogy pénzt adjon a vacak papagájáért. S erre maga mit csinál? Megpróbálja becsapni, azt állítva, hogy a papagáj beszél.
- De hisz beszél - nyögte ki a nő.
- Igen, de miket? - sziszegte Helmuth. Teljes hosszában kiegyenesedve ordította: - Azt vágja ennek a jószívű, kedves senornak az arcába, hogy kurafi! Most, hogy a senor hallotta, micsoda ocsmányságokra tanította maga ezt a madarat, szerintem meg sem akarja venni - folytatta Helmuth. - Szerintem most már ötven pesót sem ígér egy olyan madárért, amely nemcsak őt, de az édesanyját is vérig sértette."
Gerald Durrellt azonban sosem zavarták az ilyen csekélységek, pláne ha az a pimasz madár egy igen ritka tucumáni amazonpapagáj. Második dél-amerikai gyűjtőútján; a '60-as évek elején csakis Argentínában kalandozott: pampákon, erdőkben, tengerparton és hegyvidéken kutatott, s szokás szerint érdekesnél érdekesebb állatokra - és emberekre bukkant. Előbbiek közül pumát, ocelotot, bűbájos disznóféléket és szünet nélkül csókolózó majmokat vitt haza Jerseyre - utóbbiak között megismerkedett egy cifra káromkodásokat tudó hajadonnal, egy két lábon járó dalos pacsirtával, valamint egy hajdani magyar miniszterelnök fiával, jelenleg jószágigazgatóval.
Minket pedig ezúttal is megörvendeztet rendíthetetlen emberségével, páratlan mesélőkészségével és kiapadhatatlan humorának egy újabb forrásával.
A nagy sikerű regény utánnyomása az olvasók kérésére. A fedélrajzot és az illusztrációkat Réber László készítette.
The British naturalist and bestselling author of the Corfu Trilogy—the inspiration for the Masterpiece production The Durrells in Corfu—founds a zoo.
In this trio of delightful memoirs, British wildlife preservation pioneer and national bestselling author Gerald Durrell recounts the ups and downs he faces in transforming his lifelong dream of creating a new kind of zoo into a reality.
A Zoo in My Luggage: In 1957, Durrell and his wife travel to the British Cameroons in West Africa to begin assembling his menagerie. The greater challenge proves to be in safely transporting their exotic animals back to Britain and finding a home for them.
“Animals come close to being Durrell’s best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor.” —Time
The Whispering Land: On an eight-month journey in South America to expand his menagerie, Durrell and his wife travel across windswept Patagonian shores and through tropical forests in the Argentine, encountering fur seals, ocelots, penguins, parrots, pumas, and more.
“An amusing writer who transforms this Argentine backcountry into a particularly inviting place.” —San Francisco Chronicle
Menagerie Manor: In 1959, on the grounds of an old manor house on the Channel Island of Jersey, Durrell finally opens the Jersey Zoo—now known as the Durrell Wildlife Park. Along with the satisfaction of providing a safe habitat for rare and endangered species come the trials of operating a fledgling zoo, including overdrawn bank accounts and escaped animals.
“No one can be funnier than Mr. Durrell in relating his own adventures or the antics of the claw and paw set.” —The Christian Science Monitor
I andet, selvstændige bind af Gerald Durrells Korfu-trilogi får vi nye kluklattervækkende historier om den engelske familie, der blev træt af deres forkølelseskolde land og besluttede, at de ville bo et sted, hvor solen altid skinnede. De rejste til Korfu og fik alle deres ønsker opfyldt. Her var sol, lys og et meget blåt hav, her var venlige mennesker og en overflod af blomster og oliventræer. Og hver dag var en gave i strålende indpakning.

Gerald Durrell beskriver med stor kærlighed øens rige dyreliv, dens beboere og sin excentriske familie. Mor Louisa kreerer den ene fantastiske middag efter den anden, storebror Larry hamrer på skrivemaskinen dagen lang (og blev senere den verdensberømte forfatter Lawrence Durrell), storebror Leslie elsker jagt og skydevåben, mens storesøster Margo mest bare plejer sig selv. Spiro, den lokale altmuligmand, tager familien under sin beskyttende vinge og redder den gang på gang fra truende katastrofer.

GERALD DURRELL (f. 1925-1995), britisk zoolog, tv-vært og forfatter. Gerald blev født i Indien, der dengang var britisk koloni, som den yngste af tre søskende. Da faderen i 1928 døde, måtte familien vende hjem til England, hvor de bosatte sig i Bournemouth. De kunne imidlertid ikke holde det engelske klima ud og flyttede derfor i 1935 til Korfu. Dér blev de i fem lykkelige år, indtil Anden Verdenskrig tvang dem tilbage til England.

Som voksen arbejdede Gerald med at skaffe dyr til alverdens zoologiske haver, og han medvirkede i utallige tv-programmer om dyr og natur. Han bosatte han sig på kanaløen Jersey, hvor han grundlagde Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust og Jersey Zoo, der fortsat arbejder på at beskytte sjældne og truede dyrearter.

Anders Kofoed, zoolog og forfatter til bl.a. "Superkryb"
©2018 GoogleSite Terms of ServicePrivacyDevelopersArtistsAbout Google
By purchasing this item, you are transacting with Google Payments and agreeing to the Google Payments Terms of Service and Privacy Notice.