The Durrells of Corfu by Michael Haag

The Durrells by Michael Haag

Been watching The Durrells on ITV? Meet the real family in Michael Haag’s brilliant book, the Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

The Durrell family has been brought to life in the ITV series, The Durrells. But what of the real family? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place – and what happened to them after they left?

Drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments, Michael Haag, who has firsthand knowledge of the family, narrates the surprising and fascinating goings-on which fans will recognise from Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals.

The Durrells of Corfu describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then to Greece. It recalls the characters they encountered on Corfu, from Theodore the biologist to Kosti the prisoner, as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller.

Haag has also unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo and Larry's last-minute escape as war swooped down on the island. He looks at the emergence of Larry as a world-famous novelist, and Gerry as a naturalist and champion of endangered species, as well as the lives of the rest of the family and their friends.

The book features family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.

Competition

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