Press Release: My Family and Other Animals
Introduced by Michael Morpurgo
Lettering designed by Paul Cox
‘This is a very wicked, very funny, and I’m afraid rather truthful book.’
Whenthe Durrells leave a grey rain-sodden England and set sail for the Greek island of Corfu life could never be the same again – either for Gerald and his family (‘a travelling circus and staff ’) or for the unsuspecting locals, drawn into the bohemian eccentricities of clan Durrell.
Gerald, his mother and elder siblings soon settle into the strawberry-pink villa beside the sea, and while Lawrence broods behind his typewriter, Leslie oils his guns and Margo sunbathes with monastic rigour, for 10-year old Gerry, a garden of earthly delights unfolds tantalisingly before him. Days are spent lying on his stomach or ‘wallowing’ in his homemade boat, in earnest study of the exotic creatures around him and in meeting the island’s inhabitants. Aided by Mother, ‘spectacles askew’ and guardian angel Spiro, theirs is a dysfunctional yet lovable household, into which Gerry’s menagerie of ‘small uglies’ spread a good deal of anarchy.
Gerald Durrell’s much-loved account of his family’s Mediterranean idyll has never failed to entertain, with the book spawning several TV series and a film. Folio favourite Paul Cox’s sublime illustrations depict Corfuso enticingly that one can almost hear the cicadas and smell the garlic.
As Michael Morpurgo observes, ‘Every one of his characters, animal or human, is so colourful, so deeply engaging. We read the book like a story, see it like a picture. And it is a story and a picture that simply glows.’ From moonlight picnics to swimming with porpoises, My Family and Other Animals recaptures the magic of a childhood you wish had been yours.
Bound in full cloth, printed and blocked with a design by the artist. Set in Bembo with Nueva display. 280 pages. Black & white frontispiece and 62 integrated colour paintings. Plain slipcase. Printed endpapers.10˝ x 6 ¾˝.
UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95
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