By Gerald Durrell
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CONDITION: Heavy foxing on the edges, hardcover book, published in 1969 in Great Britain by Collins. 251 pages, dust jacket price-clipped.
ABOUT: Back to Corfu! The millions who loved and laughed at My Family and Other Animals did not reckon with the infinite capacity of the Durrell family for involving themselves in outrageous situations. In this new volume are to be found all the best stories which misguided discretion led the author to omit from its predecessor. ‘If you publish,’ threatened the family, ‘we’ll see you in a body.’ Faced with so firm and united a front, says the author, there was only one thing he could do. He published.
But the quirks of Mother, Larry, Leslie, and Margo seem almost normal compared to the lives of the dung-beetle, the siper limpet, the spade-footed toad and all the other birds and beasts which make up the world of Geralds Durrell. The author surveys his Corfiot arcadia with the wonder of a schoolboy and the magic of a master-stylist.