Book Review – My Family And Other Animals

My Family And Other Animals by Gerald Durrell


Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family – acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long suffering mother and Roger the dog – take off for the island of Corfu.

But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna – among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies.

Recounted with immense humour and charm, My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood.


Our group struggled a little with this one.  It was a little cumbersome and too heavy on the animal and natural sciences.  It is beautifully written, with gorgeous descriptions of Corfu.  Wonderful characters that made us giggle.  Those within the group that had seen the TV series, LOVED this book.  Loved the characters. And for those who struggled, could easily see how this book would translate to the screen.  Wonderful, quirky characters with lots of funny stories that would be even when played out the screen.  

We would recommend this for anyone who loves animals, in particular bugs and natural sciences. 


Cultcha Club 6/10