My Family & Other Animals by Gerald Durrell

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell has long been one of my favourite books. Durrell recalls the sun-drenched, leisurely life of Corfu before the Second World War where his expat British family has time and space each to pursue their own obsessions. He enjoyed the sort of childhood dreams are made of.

It is a comfort read book, a celebration of eccentricity and a reminder that the small pleasures of life are the ones that remain with us in memory and, perhaps, shape our lives.

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