Marrying Off Mother: And Other Stories

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Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated, Feb 14, 2012 - Fiction - 267 pages
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A collection of short stories by a world-renowned naturalist and author of My Family and Other Animals introduces an eccentric cast of characters including a prize-truffling pig in France and an aging Memphis belle.

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User Review  - Lindoula - LibraryThing

I was mainly interested in this because I loved the mother from My Family & Other Animals and Durrell's light, dry wit. The story about Durrell's mother doesn't disappoint. Most of the other stories are funny, too, but the topics didn't interest me as much as the one about his mother. Read full review

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User Review  - IonaS - LibraryThing

This is a good collection of short stories by the late Gerald Durrell, who is the funniest author I know. Durrell wrote his books in order to finance his Jersey zoo and his various animal collecting ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Gerald Durrell was born on January 7, 1925 in Jamshedpur, India to British parents. After the death of his father in 1928, the family lived in England and Europe before settling in Corfu, where he spent much of his childhood. Educated by private tutors, he became interested in natural history and amassed a private collection of dozens of creatures from scorpions to owls. He went on numerous wildlife expeditions and founded the Jersey Zoological Park and the Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust with the purpose of breeding endangered species. His first book, The Overloaded Ark, was published in 1953. He wrote 37 books during his lifetime including My Family and Other Animals, The Bafut Beagles, A Zoo in My Luggage, Rosy Is My Relative, and The Mockery Bird. He received the Order of the British Empire in 1982 and was featured in the United Nations' Roll of Honor for Environmental Achievement in 1988. He died from complications related to a liver transplant on January 30, 1995 at the age of 70.

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