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By Gerald Durrell

Whilst the radical Durrell relations can not suffer the damp, grey English weather, they do what any good relations could do: promote their residence and relocate to the sunny Greek isle of Corfu. My relatives and different Animals was once meant to embody the ordinary heritage of the island yet ended up as a pleasant account of Durrell’s family’s reviews, from the numerous eccentric hangers-on to the ceaseless procession of domestic dogs, toads, scorpions, geckoes, ladybugs, glowworms, octopuses, bats, and butterflies into their domestic.

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