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Gerald Durrell's classic memoir of growing up on Corfu

Table of Contents

    • Introduction - i: The Speech for the Defence
  • Unit - 1: Part One
  • Chapter - 0: The Migration
  • Chapter - 1: The Unsuspected Isle
  • Chapter - 2: The Strawberry-Pink Villa
  • Chapter - 3: The Rose-Beetle Man
  • Chapter - 4: A Bushel of Learning
  • Chapter - 5: A Treasure of Spiders
  • Chapter - 6: The Sweet Spring
  • Chapter - 0: Conversation
  • Unit - 2: Part Two
  • Chapter - 7: The Daffodil-Yellow Villa
  • Chapter - 8: The Tortoise Hills
  • Chapter - 9: The World in a Wall
  • Chapter - 10: The Pageant of Fireflies
  • Chapter - 11: The Enchanted Archipelago
  • Chapter - 12: The Woodcock Winter
  • Chapter - 0: Conversation
  • Unit - 3: Part Three
  • Chapter - 13: The Snow-White Villa
  • Chapter - 14: The Talking Flowers
  • Chapter - 15: The Cyclamen Woods
  • Chapter - 16: The Lake of Lilies
  • Chapter - 17: The Chessboard Fields
  • Chapter - 18: An Entertainment with Animals
  • Chapter - 0: The Return
    • Acknowledgements - ii: A Message from the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
    • Acknowledgements - iii: Afterword

About the Author

Gerald Durrell was a naturalist, author, media personality, conservationist and founder of both the internationally renowned Jersey Zoo and what is now known as the Durrell Wildlife Preservation Trust. A passionate and inspiring advocate of the need for the conservation of animals and plants and their habitats, he was also a brilliant storyteller. Though he had almost no formal education he became a prolific writer, publishing numerous articles and thirty-seven books including Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods, before his death in 1995, aged seventy.


I do assure you, the world needs Durrell. -- Sir David Attenborough
The enduring joy of the book resides in reading about a bohemian family when you have never been part of one yourself . . . One night I laughed so hard I slipped out of bed, whacking my head on the nightstand -- Meg Rosoff * The Guardian *
He [Durrell] produced a literary masterpiece that remains the finest evocation of paradise ever written. He built a paradise based on his own beliefs of what a zoo should be. And after his death in 1995, he left behind an organisation that works to restore a touch of paradise to humanity and to everything else that lives. -- Simon Barnes * Independent *

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