The Corfu Trilogy

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141911131

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 768

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The trilogy that inspired ITV's six part television series The Durrells. Three classic tales of childhood on an island paradise - My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods by Gerald Durrell - are available in a single edition for the first time in The Corfu Trilogy. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family. Durrell's memories of those enchanted days gave rise to these three classic tales, loved by generations of adults and children alike, which are now available in one volume for the first time. 'He has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentrics' Sunday Telegraph 'A delightful book full of simple, well-known things: cicadas in the olive groves, lamp fishing at night, the complexities of fish and animals - but, above all, childhood moulded by these things' New York Times

My Family and Other Animals

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241982413

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 320

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My Family and Other Animals is the first book in The Corfu Trilogy, the inspiration for ITV'sThe Durrells. The bewitching account of a rare and magical childhood on the island of Corfu by treasured British conservationist Gerald Durrell Escaping the ills of the British climate, the Durrell family - acne-ridden Margo, gun-toting Leslie, bookworm Lawrence and budding naturalist Gerry, along with their long-suffering mother and Roger the dog - take off for the island of Corfu. But the Durrells find that, reluctantly, they must share their various villas with a menagerie of local fauna - among them scorpions, geckos, toads, bats and butterflies. Recounted with immense humour and charm My Family and Other Animals is a wonderful account of a rare, magical childhood. 'Durrell has an uncanny knack of discovering human as well as animal eccentricities' Sunday Telegraph 'A bewitching book' Sunday Times

My Family and Other Animals

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

ISBN: 9780142004418

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 273

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A memoir of an English boy growing up on the Greek island of Corfu recounts the author's humorous adventures as he collects all kinds of animals and insects and brings them back to the house, much to his family's dismay.

Birds, Beasts and Relatives

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241981662

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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The follow up to My Family and Other Animals and the second book in The Corfu Trilogy, the beloved books that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. In this second collection of tales concerning the Durrell family on the island of Corfu, young Gerry continues to be captivated by the fascinating flora and fauna of their adopted home - much to the bemusement and upset of his long suffering siblings and mother. Whether it's lamp fishing by night or roving the countryside with his mentor Theodore, Gerry encounters intoxicated hedgehogs, tarantulas, dung beetles, water spiders and other animals, some of which become the family's very unwanted pets.

The Garden of the Gods

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241981689

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

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The third book in The Corfu Trilogy (after My Family and Other Animals and Birds, Beasts and Relatives), the beloved books that inspired ITV's television series The Durrells. Just before the Second World War the Durrell family decamped to the glorious, sun-soaked island of Corfu where the youngest of the four children, ten-year-old Gerald, discovered his passion for animals: toads and tortoises, bats and butterflies, scorpions and octopuses. Through glorious silver-green olive groves and across brilliant-white beaches Gerry pursued his obsession . . . causing hilarity and mayhem in his ever-tolerant family.

Unser Herr Vater

Author: Clarence Day

Publisher: Aufbau Digital

ISBN: 3841209130

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

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„Eines der vergnüglichsten Bücher der letzten Jahre.“ DER SPIEGEL, 1947 Das Kultbuch von Clarence Day in der kongenialen Übersetzung von Hans Fallada Mit heiterem Spott und voller Liebe beschreibt Clarence Day das temperamentvolle Leben in seinem Elternhaus im New York der Jahrhundertwende. Seine Texte machten ihn über Nacht bekannt. Die Bühnenfassung wurde einer der größten Broadway-Erfolge aller Zeiten. Im Mittelpunkt steht der polternde „Herr Vater“, Clarence Day senior, der gegen die Plagen des Familienlebens aufbegehrt: gegen andere Meinungen, Verwandtenbesuch, Köchinnen oder diese neuartige Erfindung namens Telefon. Eine kluge, bissige, warmherzige und zeitlose Schilderung der ganz alltäglichen Klippen des Zusammenlebens, übersetzt von dem damals bereits weltbekannten Hans Fallada, der den wunderbar beiläufigen Humor Days mühelos ins Deutsche überträgt.

Fauna and Family

More Durrell Family Adventures on Corfu

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: David R. Godine Publisher

ISBN: 156792591X

Category: Nature

Page: 240

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Fauna and Family, also known as The Garden of the Gods, is the third in Durrell’s Corfu trilogy that begins with his beloved classic, My Family and Other Animals and continues with Birds, Beasts and Relatives. In his foreword to Fauna and Family, Durrell confessed that in the first two books, “I had left out a number of incidents and characters that I would have liked to have described, and I have attempted to repair this omission in this book . . . I hope that it might give the same pleasure to its readers as apparently its predecessors have done, as for me it portrays a very important part of my life . . . which is a truly happy and sunlit childhood.”

The Durrells of Corfu

Author: Michael Haag

Publisher: Profile Books

ISBN: 1782833307

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 179

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The Durrell family are immortalised in Gerald Durrell's My Family and Other Animals and its ITV adaptation, The Durrells. But what of the real life Durrells? Why did they go to Corfu in the first place - and what happened to them after they left? The real story of the Durrells is as surprising and fascinating as anything in Gerry's books, and Michael Haag, with his first hand knowledge of the family, is the ideal narrator, drawing on diaries, letters and unpublished autobiographical fragments. The Durrells of Corfu describes the family's upbringing in India and the crisis that brought them to England and then Greece. It recalls the genuine characters they encountered on Corfu - Theodore the biologist, the taxi driver Spiro Halikiopoulos and the prisoner Kosti - as well as the visit of American writer Henry Miller. And Haag has unearthed the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's and Larry's last-minute escapes before the War. An extended epilogue 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, their friends and other animals. The book is illustrated with family photos from the Gerald Durrell Archive, many of them reproduced here for the first time.

Fillets of Plaice

Author: Gerald Durrell

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 150404259X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 189

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British naturalist Gerald Durrell, author of the Corfu Trilogy, shares more humorous reflections on a life spent among humans and animals. In My Family and Other Animals and its sequels, Gerald Durrell writes of his family’s antics during their time on the Greek island of Corfu. In his later memoirs, he vividly describes his expeditions to other, faraway places. In Fillets of Plaice, he compiles a quintet of hilarious stories that touch on all of the above and more—from his unconventional childhood to his passion for animal conservation as an adult. His adventures range from a rollicking birthday party to a London pet shop to the exotic locale of deepest Africa. Throughout it all, Durrell entertains with his signature charming, witty voice. A compendium of outrageous tales, Fillets of Plaice is perfect for longtime fans of Durrell’s work, and anyone looking for a heartwarming, riotous read. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Gerald Durrell including rare photos from the author’s estate.

Philomena

Eine Mutter sucht ihren Sohn

Author: Martin Sixsmith

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 384370869X

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Philomena Lee ist selbst noch fast ein Kind, als sie hochschwanger im Kloster Zuflucht sucht. Doch statt Barmherzigkeit erwartet sie dort ein unerbittliches System: Im Irland der 50er-Jahre verkaufen die Nonnen jedes uneheliche Kind, das in ihrem Konvent geboren wird, mit neuer Identität in die USA. Wie viele andere Mütter verliert auch Philomena ihren Sohn, aus Anthony Lee wird mit drei Jahren Michael Hess. Mutter und Sohn können einander nicht vergessen, doch erst 50 Jahre später erfährt Philomena, was aus ihrem Sohn geworden ist.

Der Taubentunnel

Geschichten aus meinem Leben

Author: John le Carré

Publisher: Ullstein eBooks

ISBN: 3843713421

Category: Fiction

Page: 384

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»Mitreißend, unterhaltsam und spannend wie einen Thriller erzählt le Carré in Der Taubentunnel sein Leben.« Eckart Baier, Buchjournal Was macht das Leben eines Schriftstellers aus? Mit dem Welterfolg Der Spion, der aus der Kälte kam gab es für John le Carré keinen Weg zurück. Er kündigte seine Stelle im diplomatischen Dienst, reiste zu Recherchezwecken um den halben Erdball — Afrika, Russland, Israel, USA, Deutschland —, traf die Mächtigen aus Politik- und Zeitgeschehen und ihre heimlichen Handlanger. John le Carré ist ein exzellenter und unabhängiger Beobachter, mit untrüglichem Gespür für Macht und Verrat. Aber auch für die komischen Seiten des weltpolitischen Spiels. In seinen Memoiren blickt er zurück auf sein Leben und sein Schreiben. Die Memoiren eines Jahrhundertautors

Lebendiger Buddha

Aus dem Amerikanischen von Ursula Gräfe. Mit einer Einleitung von Robert A.F.Thurman

Author: Jack Kerouac

Publisher: Suhrkamp Verlag

ISBN: 3458749209

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 175

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Die neu entdeckte Biographie von Jack Kerouac über den historischen Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, und den Weg zur Erleuchtung. In den 50er Jahren entdeckte Jack Kerouac seine Faszination für den Buddhismus. Diese spirituelle Erweckung fand ihre literarische Form in "Lebendiger Buddha". Mit großer poetischer Ausdruckskraft erzählt er nicht nur das Leben des Siddhartha Gautama, sondern schreibt gleichzeitig eine Einführung in die buddhistische Lehre. "Lebendiger Buddha" ist das amerikanische Pendant zu Hermann Hesses "Siddhartha".

Die Straßen von London

Author: Maeve Binchy

Publisher: Knaur eBook

ISBN: 3426417502

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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Tagaus, tagein fahren Tausende von Menschen mit der Londoner U-Bahn, lassen sich von diesem unterirdischen Zug zu ihren diversen Zielen transportieren. Die Schicksale einiger dieser Menschen schildert Maeve Binchy auf gewohnt packende und einfühlsame Weise in diesem Roman: Da ist das nervöse junge Paar, das das erstemal zu einer Party fährt, auf der Partnertausch angesagt ist; die mysteriöse Rita, die in Notting Hill Gate lebt, und Sophie, die ein Handtaschengeschäft bei Marble Arch führt. All diese Menschen stellt Maeve Binchy auf ihre unnachahmlich warmherzige Weise dar und läßt den Leser an ihrem Leben teilnehmen.

Ballettschuhe

Author: Noel Streatfeild

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646920157

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 272

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Pauline will eine berühmte Schauspielerin werden, Petrova interessiert sich für Flugzeuge und schnelle Autos und die kleine Posy würde am liebsten Tag und Nacht tanzen. Die drei Fossil-Schwestern sind wirklich ganz schön verschieden. Deswegen geht es in Großonkel Matthews gemütlichem Haus auch oft sehr trubelig zu. Doch in einem sind sich die drei einig: Egal, was passiert - sie werden immer zusammenhalten. "Einer der ersten Romane von Mädchen, die ihr Leben unerschrocken und vergnügt selbst in die Hand nehmen. Ein reines Vergnügen, diesen Klassiker wieder zu lesen oder neu zu entdecken." (Sybil Gräfin Schönfeldt)

Whatever Happened to Margo?

Author: Margaret Durrell

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241983223

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

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In 1947, returning to the UK with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell starts a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of respectability are dashed as the tenants reveal themselves to be a host of eccentrics: from a painter of nudes to a pair of glamorous young nurses whose late-night shifts combined with an ever-revolving roster of gentleman callers leading to a neighbourhood rumour that Margo is running a brothel. Margo's own two sons, Gerry and Nicholas, prove to be every bit as mischievous as their famous Uncle Gerald - and he himself returns periodically with weird and wonderful animals, from marmosets to monkeys, that are quite unsuitable for life in a Bournemouth garden.

1,000 Books to Read Before You Die

A Life-Changing List

Author: James Mustich

Publisher: Workman Publishing

ISBN: 1523505125

Category: Reference

Page: 960

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“The ultimate literary bucket list.” —The Washington Post “If there’s a heaven just for readers, this is it.” —O, The Oprah Magazine Celebrate the pleasure of reading and the thrill of discovering new titles in an extraordinary book that’s as compulsively readable, entertaining, surprising, and enlightening as the 1,000-plus titles it recommends. Covering fiction, poetry, science and science fiction, memoir, travel writing, biography, children’s books, history, and more, 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die ranges across cultures and through time to offer an eclectic collection of works that each deserve to come with the recommendation, You have to read this. But it’s not a proscriptive list of the “great works”—rather, it’s a celebration of the glorious mosaic that is our literary heritage. Flip it open to any page and be transfixed by a fresh take on a very favorite book. Or come across a title you always meant to read and never got around to. Or, like browsing in the best kind of bookshop, stumble on a completely unknown author and work, and feel that tingle of discovery. There are classics, of course, and unexpected treasures, too. Lists to help pick and choose, like Offbeat Escapes, or A Long Climb, but What a View. And its alphabetical arrangement by author assures that surprises await on almost every turn of the page, with Cormac McCarthy and The Road next to Robert McCloskey and Make Way for Ducklings, Alice Walker next to Izaac Walton. There are nuts and bolts, too—best editions to read, other books by the author, “if you like this, you’ll like that” recommendations , and an interesting endnote of adaptations where appropriate. Add it all up, and in fact there are more than six thousand titles by nearly four thousand authors mentioned—a life-changing list for a lifetime of reading. “948 pages later, you still want more!” —THE WASHINGTON POST

Astas Tagebuch

Author: Barbara Vine

Publisher: Diogenes Verlag AG

ISBN: 3257601182

Category: Fiction

Page: 560

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Einsam im fremden England, vertraut Asta, eine junge Dänin, ihre Freuden und Nöte einem Tagebuch an: Probleme mit dem Mann, ihre Bemühungen um Eigenständigkeit in der anderen Umgebung, das Nahen des Ersten Weltkrieges... Kein leichtes Schicksal, wäre nicht Swanny, ihre Lieblingstochter. Doch ob Swanny überhaupt Astas Tochter ist? Und könnte es Verbindungen geben zu dem skandalösen Mordprozeß im Fall Roper?