For those of you watching season one of The Durrells in Corfu, which airs this month on PBS Masterpiece, we’re featuring the wonderful books by Gerald Durrell that the series is based on. In a six-part adaptation of the playful memoirs (great for family read-alouds), Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as a widow who relocates to the island of Corfu with her four children, including eleven-year-old Gerry (played by Milo Parks), whose explorations on the island as a child inspired him to become a naturalist.
My Family and Other Animals. A hilarious book about growing up on Corfu in the 1930s. In this memoir, Durrell recounts sparkling anecdotes of his childhood -- not least his passion for the toads, tortoises, bats, scorpions and other creatures that he discovered on the island. Originally published in 1956.
Birds, Beasts and Relatives. Durrell delightfully recounts sparkling anecdotes of growing up in Corfu in the 1930s. It is a sequel to his hilarious first book, My Family and Other Animals.
Fauna and Family. Book three of Durrell's memoir of coming-of-age on Corfu in the 1930s, originally published as The Garden of the Gods. It follows My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives. You can find other books by Gerald Durrell here.