an early age Durrell was fascinated with nature. He grew up (although it is amazing he survived
childhood) to be a leading conservationist and the founder of a zoo on the Isle
of Jersey. His love of the animal
kingdom caused all kinds of havoc in family life and in his zoo. Durrell is an
amazing man; he brought passion and care to saving endangered species and
trying to give zoo animals more dignified and enriched lives. He is not the only family member with
literary talent, his brother Lawrence was a celebrated author. Gerald Durrell’s
books are full of observations on natural life, hilarious stories, and are
great fun to read.
Menagerie Manor is sure to delight fans of Durrell’s beloved classic My Family and Other Animals (the inspiration for The Durrells in Corfu on Masterpiece PBS) and other accounts of his lifelong fascination with members of the animal kingdom. With his unfailing charm, Durrell tells the story of how he finally fulfilled his childhood dream of founding his own private zoo, the Manor of Les Augres, on the English Channel island of Jersey. With the help of an enduring wife, a selfless staff, and a reluctant bank manager, the zoo grows, and readers are treated to a colorful parade of the zoo’s unusual animal inhabitants.
About the Author
Gerald Durrell was born in Jamshedpur, India, in 1925. A student of zoology, he founded the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust on the Channel Island of Jersey. His other books include A Zoo in My Luggage and The Whispering Land (both available from Penguin).
Animals come close to being Durrells best friends. . . . He writes about them with style, verve, and humor. (Time)
[Hours] of delightful entertainment. (Book Week)
This book is a certain joy. (New Statesman, London)