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Summary

Celia Imrie and Toby Jones star in this BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Gerald Durrell's much-loved comic gem.

My Family and Other Animals is the classic tale of naturalist Gerald Durrell's magical 1930s childhood on pre-war Corfu. His descriptions of his eccentric family and his encounters with the local creatures are full of humour and charm, and the book has delighted fans of all ages for 60 years.

Ten-year-old Gerry is the youngest member of the Durrell family, which also consists of Mother, pompous eldest son Larry, gun-mad second son Leslie, acne-ridden sister Margo, and Roger the dog.

When they arrive in Corfu, Gerry is thrilled to find a paradise of exotic wildlife to be explored. Soon he is embarking on natural history expeditions, swimming in the clear blue sea and befriending the island's inhabitants.

Gerry's relatives are less impressed with his exploits, especially when his burgeoning animal collection sparks chaos at the family's Christmas party....

With a specially created soundtrack, this vivid adaptation takes the story out of the studio and into the Greek wilderness that enthralled Durrell the young naturalist. Duration: 2 hours approx.

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Great full cast drama!

Loved it! Certain of a smile and guarantee a chuckle. Enjoyable on a dreary Sunday.

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Definitely I have 8 other books and this one is the best

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noisy and fun

a taste of bygone days. noisy and full of fun. I'd like to hear more.

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Highly entertaining

Wonderfully rounded characters and comical edge to this story. If you love a lighthearted dramatisation then choose this title.

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  • 05-03-18

worth it!!!

I I loved it!!! I watch the the TV show and it connects so well! I usually hate listening to books but this one is extremely hilarious and somewhat relatable definitely a good one!!! although I am quite upset that it was only 2 chapters long!!!

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Delightful!!!

I loved the entire thing!!!! The actors were wonderful!! Don't miss if you love animals!!!