Beasts in My Belfry

For fans of the PBS Masterpiece Theater series, The Durrells in Corfu—here’s what happened next.

In 1945, young zoologist, Gerald Durrell, finally came to work at his first actual zoo; Whipsnade Zoo—then a new concept in open-range animal exhibits—where Durrell joined in as a student keeper with Albert the lion, Babs the polar bear, and a baby deer among his first charges. In this entertaining history, he recaptures all the passion that permeated those early years, while conveying his insight into and affection for both four- and two-footed creatures. The book is full of larger-than-life animal characters: the bear who sang operatic arias with one paw clasped to his breast, his bosom friend Billy the goat, playful zebras, and a host of equally endearing and memorable critters. This is Durrell at his best.

A loving chronicle of jitter-bugging gnus, singing duets with a bear, stealing eggs to feed the Arctic foxes, practicing tiger sniffs . . . Highly entertaining and informative.
The Times

A hilarious record that no Durrell fan will want to miss.
Sunday Telegraph

Durrell manages to convey not only that he loves animals, but that he enjoys life too – and wants you to enjoy it with him.
Daily Mirror

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Gerald Durrell founded the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust and the Durrell Wildlife Park on the isle of Jersey in 1959. He is perhaps best remembered for the books based on his life as an animal collector and enthusiast and his immortal My Family and Other Animals trilogy, which has now been adapted into a Masterpiece Theater Series titles, The Durrells in Corfu.