Gerald Durrell: The authorised biography
by Douglas Botting
Published by Harper Collins (1999).
Dedication copy uniquely signed by both the author, Douglas Botting, and Lee Durrell, the American naturalist, wife of Gerald Durrell, author, zookeeper and television presenter, best known for her work at the Jersey Zoological Park in the British Channel Island of Jersey with her late husband Gerald Durrell.
Blue boards and spine in good condition, dust jacket has some edge wear and a bit of chipping, also spine a bit faded. Pages clean and tight, inscription on title page, pages a bit yellowed from age.
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'. His other books include Birds, Beasts and Relatives', The Bafut Beagles' and A Zoo in My Luggage'.Above all, he paved the way in print for the popular presentation of the natural world on television and presented twelve series himself - the early ones, of his own expeditions. Sir David Attenborough has said: He was responsible for changing people's attitudes to zoology and changing their agenda. He showed them small animals could be as interesting as apes and elephants.He was a pioneer with a marvellous sense of humour.'His brother was the famous writer Lawrence Durrell.