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by Douglas Botting

Free eBook Gerald Durrell: The Authorised Biography download ISBN: 000255660X
Author: Douglas Botting
Publisher: HarperCollins; 1St Edition edition (1999)
Language: English
Pages: 416
Category: Math Science
Subcategory: Biological Sciences
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Douglas Scott Botting (22 February 1934 – 6 February 2018) was an English explorer, author, biographer and TV presenter and producer. He wrote biographies of naturalists Gavin Maxwell and Gerald Durrell (the former also being a personal friend). He was the inspiration behind and writer of the 1972 BBC comedy show The Black Safari, a role-reversal comedy show with Africans touring England.

I grew up on Gerald Durrell's books. What a fascinating, eccentric, charmed life he led, I thought.

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The authorised biography of the great naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, who died aged seventy in January 1995 in Jersey, where he founded the zoo he’d dreamed of. .Gerald Durrell - Douglas Botting.

The authorised biography of the great naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, who died aged seventy in January 1995 in Jersey, where he founded the zoo he’d dreamed of as a small boy and pioneered the captive breeding of animals for conservation. Gerald Durrell was a world-famous naturalist and popular author who wrote, in all, some thirty-seven immensely readable yarns, including the bestselling ‘My Family and Other Animals’.

Gerald Durrell : The Authorized Biography.

Автор:Douglas Botting. Like the Durrells, the Browns had a garden flat at the hotel, and the two mothers soon became good friends, for both were exiles who had returned to a foreign motherland. Dorothy Brown was eleven when she first encountered Gerald, who had just turned five. ?˜He was a bright little spark,â?™ she recalled, â?˜and even then he was very fond of animals.

This a biography of Gerald Durrell, world-famous naturalist and popular author who wrote, in all, some 37 books. Douglas Botting is a writer, journalist, and biographer whose interests include travel, exploration, wild places, and conservation matters. His previous works include Gerald Durrell: The Authorized Biography, The Saga of Ring of Bright Water: The Enigma of Gavin Maxwell, as well as several travel guides. He lives near London.

The authorised biography of the great naturalist and conservationist Gerald Durrell, who died aged seventy in January 1995 in Jersey . Books related to Gerald Durrell: The Authorised Biography (Text Only). His other books include ‘Birds, Beasts and Relatives’, ‘The Bafut Beagles’ and ‘A Zoo in My Luggage’.

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Hellstaff
I grew up on Gerald Durrell's books. What a fascinating, eccentric, charmed life he led, I thought. I had heard that t'was not quite so, and that all had not been perfect in paradise, so I bought this very well researched and well written book. The biggest takeaway, I think, is that Durrell instinctively grasped that his role was foremost as an entertainer, and that if he charmed enough people in the right way, he would earn money to fulfill his dream of having a zoo. As a result, his stories are distortions of real events and people that show everyone and everything in the golden glow of light comedy. Everything is played for laughs, and played very well. But behind the curtain, as this book reveals, was hidden sadness, family strife, financial problems and, later, health issues brought on in part by Durrell's drinking. The author presents a far more unsentimental, factual view of Durrell's exploits, including the fact that, on one early mission to capture wild animals that could be sold to zoos to fund the creation of his own zoo, Durrell shot and killed the mother of a baby hippopotamus. Was he a true conservationist, or was he simply driven by the selfish desire to have his own zoo? Was he entirely self serving, or was his life about sacrifice for a nobler cause? You decide.
Morad
The first half contained many (long) excerpts from Durrell's books which was unnecessary, not to mention annoying and lazy on the part of the author...at least in my opinion. The second half was full of all the good and abundantly awful things he did. Certainly had his flaws, certainly a terrible life with alcohol, certainly a lot of money issues. I did learn many, many things about him and the Jersey Zoo which I did not know so that's a positive and his books still remain on my favorites list. I would say if you are a student of Durrell then you should read the book though it won't be an easy stroll.
GAZANIK
I loved the book, but really missed the fact that the Kindle version did not support/include photos.

I discovered Gerald Durrell's writing in 8th grade when a friend was guffawing in the school library over "My Family And Other Animals." I've read just about every good he wrote, and plan to visit the zoo on the Channel Islands within the next few years.

The biography outlines a unique individual, with amazing natural intelligence and wit. Like anyone, Durrell also had his flaws and the book doesn't hesitate to include these in the overall narrative. I am usually suspicious of biographies that describe their subject as flawless, so the inclusion of personal foibles and flaws helps me see the individual as more 'real.'

If you are a Gerald Durrell fan, this book is a must-read. It will also have you laughing out loud ...
Era
A very good portrait of a complex man. Meticulously detailed and researched. Well written and absorbing. It doesn't hurt either that I have idolized Gerald Durrell since my adolescence for his determination to create sanctuary for as much of the animal kingdom as he could. He was flawed, as are we all, but also a great visionary, as well as witty, charming, irascible, adventurous. It was with great pleasure that I read his official biography.
Invissibale
Slowly working my way through this biography. Again it changes how charmed I was by the original books, but in the long run it brings the family even more to life, now that I know the whole of the background. It takes a dedicated reader to locate all of the pictures online, but they ARE online if you look for them. And it fills out the stories behind the stories.
Sadaron above the Gods
Having loved the PBS series I became interested in the lives of the Durrell family. The book was a little to repetitive having read the Trilogy first. But still, it was interesting to think that Gerald Durrell with little formal education had such wonderful intellect (maybe that is why...a formal education didn't kill his enthusiasm for learning!) His research work his writing ability. In fact one notices the entire family are exceptional.
Xangeo
I am still enjoying reading this long and interesting book, and plan to give one as a gift. It details Gerald Durrell's fulfilling his dream for having a special zoo of his own, and his work around the world preserving species and teaching others.
Beautifully written - gave me great insights into Gerald's life - he has been my hero since I first discovered his books, many, many years ago! I am so happy I was able to attend one of his talks (again, many years ago) and see him sketch the animal he was describing.