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    Gerald Durrell(Author)

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If you loved My Family and Other Animals and can't get enough of the Durrells after the Corfu series, this is the book for you. It constitutes a series of anecdotal snippets and short stories including 'The Picnic', a laugh-out-loud account of an ill-fated Durrell family excursion, which should have been a relaxing, jolly affair. But with the Durrells things are seldom straightforward and on this occasion all that could go wrong did go wrong - except Gerald Durrell's sense of humour in recounting the tale. Other hilarious and surreal Roald Dahlesque stories ensue, including the critically acclaimed Gothic horror story 'The Entrance'.

From one of Britain's best loved authors and pioneering naturalists

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  • PDF | 184 pages
  • Gerald Durrell(Author)
  • Bello (21 April 2016)
  • English
  • 5
  • Science & Nature

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  • By Retired on 17 July 2017

    Excellent author.

  • By Guest on 21 July 2013

    Good to find the old uns are around and give a good storey worth the value of the time to read.

  • By Mavvis on 11 July 2012

    I think this is the best collection of short stories that Gerald Durrell has written, So, if you are looking to venture into the weird and wonderful world of a hilarious author and only have time to read a short story this would be a good start. Some people say that Gerald Durrell has something Roald Dahl-esque in his stories (talking about Dahl's adult stories rather than children's books). I can see traces of this, however, I prefer Durrell's very quirky "British" humour as he observes his relatives and strange people of the world.In this book there are six stories. Five are funny and cover his mad family and poke fun at the upper / middle class. A bit like watching an episode of "Keeping Up Appearances. The final story is a critically acclaimed (had good reviews at the time) gothic horror story "The Entrance." It is dark and is crying out to be made into a film but prefer his "funny" stories - think he just wanted to try something new. Overall a GREAT collection of stories that will get you hooked into the magical world of Gerald Durrell!!

  • By Bree on 22 April 2012

    I love anything by GD but this book was particularly good. I thoroughly enjoyed every story but two stories in particular stood out for me in this book and that made it extra special. I loved The Michelin Man, a superb tale about how a little restaurant in deepest France got it's only Michelin star and how the dishes obtained their wonderful names. I don't want to give any spoilers but urge you to read it! The second story was the final one, The Entrance, had me literally gobsmacked when I read it for the first time. I thought it was utterly brilliant, a true atmospheric and old fashioned kind of horror story. Totally different from what GD has written before but still up to his excellent standard. I passed this book on to my sister without comment, she loved it and exclaimed over the same two stories. An absolute must read, one of my favourite books of all time!!

  • By Guest on 3 January 2013

    A selection of humourous short stories that captures the spirit of the Durrell household. I cannot reccommend it highly enough - it's a must read!

  • By Guest on 15 November 2011

    Gerald Durrell was a master story teller. In this case, the excellent scary ghost story makes this a must-read book on it's own.

  • By Madeline on 17 February 2015

    Although I prefer Durrell's books that take place in one location, this is a very good collection of different anecdotes, mostly taking place in the UK and France. I particularly enjoyed the first story, of a reunion in the UK of Gerald's mother, sister Margo, and brothers Larry and Leslie - with all the delightful mishaps and comedy you'd expect. The last story in the book was an excellently written (and unexpected) ghost stories. I'm sure Durrell fans will enjoy this collection of stories.


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