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My Family and Other Animals 4,384 copies, 131 reviews
Birds, Beasts, and Relatives 1,074 copies, 32 reviews
A Zoo in My Luggage 762 copies, 10 reviews
The Bafut Beagles 617 copies, 12 reviews
The Garden of the Gods 555 copies, 16 reviews
The Whispering Land 552 copies, 8 reviews
The Drunken Forest 543 copies, 5 reviews
Fillets of Plaice 539 copies, 4 reviews
Menagerie Manor 516 copies, 4 reviews
Two in the Bush 425 copies, 4 reviews
Rosy Is My Relative 422 copies, 5 reviews
Beasts in My Belfry 409 copies, 8 reviews
The Overloaded Ark 406 copies, 8 reviews
The Corfu Trilogy 400 copies, 4 reviews
Catch Me a Colobus 400 copies, 4 reviews
Encounters with Animals 399 copies, 3 reviews
Three Singles to Adventure 389 copies, 6 reviews
The Stationary Ark 269 copies, 5 reviews
The New Noah 190 copies, 1 review
The Mockery Bird 148 copies, 4 reviews
Beasts in My Bed (Footnotes) 139 copies, 1 review
The Ark's Anniversary 128 copies, 2 reviews
The Fantastic Flying Journey 117 copies, 1 review
The Donkey Rustlers (Lions) 110 copies, 2 reviews
Durrell in Russia 76 copies, 2 reviews
My Favourite Animal Stories 57 copies, 1 review
Ark on the Move 37 copies, 2 reviews
Best of Gerald Durrell 27 copies, 1 review
Toby the Tortoise 26 copies, 1 review
Keeper 24 copies
Island zoo 20 copies
Wild Time 20 copies
Selected Works 10 copies
A Collection of Action Stories (Contributor) 7 copies
My Family and Other Animals (Adapted) (Original author) 6 copies
Watchers at the Pond (Introduction, some editions) 130 copies, 3 reviews
Whatever Happened to Margo? (Preface, some editions) 88 copies, 1 review
Best Dog Stories (Introduction) 84 copies, 1 review
Foundations of Fear (Contributor) 83 copies, 2 reviews
The Enchanted Canopy (Foreword) 40 copies, 1 review
Longman Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (Foreword, some editions) 38 copies
The Durrells in Corfu Series 1 (Original book) 27 copies
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (Contributor) 25 copies, 4 reviews
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (Contributor) 25 copies, 1 review
Zoo: The Modern Ark (Foreword) 21 copies
My Family and Other Animals [2005 film] (Based on the book by) 5 copies

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Gerald Durrell was born in India in 1925. His family settled on Corfu when Durrell was a boy and he spent his time studying its wildlife. He relates these experiences in the trilogy beginning with My Family and Other Animals, and continuing with Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods. In his books he writes with wry humour and great perception about both the humans and the animals he meets.

On leaving Corfu he returned to England to work on the staff of Whipsnade Park as a student keeper. His adventures there are told with characteristic energy in Beasts in My Belfry. A few years later, Durrell began organising his own animal-collecting expeditions. The first, to the Cameroons, was followed by expeditions to Paraguay, Argentina and Sierra Leone. He recounts these experiences in a number of books, including The Drunken Forest. Durrell also visited many countries while shooting various television series, including An Amateur Naturalist.

In 1958 Gerald Durrell realised a lifelong dream when he set up the Jersey Zoological Park, followed a few years later by the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust.

Rosy is My Relative, his first novel, was published in 1968. Whether in a factual account of an expedition or a work of non-fiction, Gerald Durrell's style is exuberant, passionate and acutely observed. Gerald Durrell died in 1995.
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