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Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70. (Bowker Author Biography)
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My Family and Other Animals 4,670 copies, 141 reviews
Birds, Beasts, and Relatives 1,145 copies, 35 reviews
A Zoo in My Luggage 811 copies, 11 reviews
The Bafut Beagles 644 copies, 13 reviews
The Garden of the Gods 611 copies, 18 reviews
The Whispering Land 582 copies, 8 reviews
The Drunken Forest 572 copies, 5 reviews
The Amateur Naturalist 569 copies, 1 review
Fillets of Plaice 565 copies, 5 reviews
Menagerie Manor 533 copies, 5 reviews
Two in the Bush 456 copies, 4 reviews
The Corfu Trilogy 453 copies, 5 reviews
Rosy Is My Relative 447 copies, 5 reviews
Encounters with Animals 431 copies, 3 reviews
Beasts in My Belfry 421 copies, 8 reviews
The Overloaded Ark 420 copies, 8 reviews
Catch Me a Colobus 417 copies, 4 reviews
Three Singles to Adventure 413 copies, 6 reviews
The Stationary Ark 286 copies, 5 reviews
The New Noah 205 copies, 1 review
The Mockery Bird 161 copies, 4 reviews
Beasts in My Bed (Footnotes) 148 copies, 1 review
The Ark's Anniversary 134 copies, 3 reviews
The Fantastic Flying Journey 121 copies, 1 review
The Donkey Rustlers (Lions) 120 copies, 2 reviews
Durrell in Russia 82 copies, 2 reviews
My Favourite Animal Stories 58 copies, 1 review
Ark on the Move 38 copies, 2 reviews
Best of Gerald Durrell 28 copies, 1 review
Toby the Tortoise 27 copies, 1 review
Keeper 27 copies
Island zoo 22 copies
Wild Time 22 copies
Selected Works 10 copies
My Family and Other Animals (Adapted) (Original author) 7 copies
A Collection of Action Stories (Contributor) 7 copies
Ostrov v nebezpečí 1 copy, 1 review
Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (Foreword) 208 copies, 1 review
Watchers at the Pond (Introduction, some editions) 137 copies, 3 reviews
Best Dog Stories (Introduction) 96 copies, 1 review
Whatever Happened to Margo? (Preface, some editions) 96 copies, 1 review
Foundations of Fear (Contributor) 91 copies, 2 reviews
Richard Adams's Favorite Animal Stories (Contributor) 59 copies, 1 review
The Enchanted Canopy (Foreword) 41 copies, 1 review
The Durrells in Corfu Series 1 (Original book) 28 copies
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (Contributor) 26 copies, 1 review
Twelve Gothic Tales (Oxford Twelves) (Contributor) 25 copies, 4 reviews
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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