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Beasts in my belfry

By: Durrell, Gerald

Part of the Pan Heritage Classics series
1509815368 / 9781509815364
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20 cm 186 pages
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Collins, 1973.

Written with Gerald Durrell's usual sharp eye for observing humour in any situation, Beasts in my Belfry will delight fans both old and new. At the age of two I made up my mind quite firmly and unequivocally that the only thing I wanted to do was study animals.

Nothing else interested me. Beasts in My Belfry is a charming account of Gerald Durrell's first job in 1945 as a student keeper at Whipsnade Zoo.

Over a year, we encounter a typically absurd cast - including Albert the lion, who's a dab hand at ventriloquism, and Teddy the brown bear, with whom the young Durrell sings duets.

With notebook and pen in hand, the eager young Durrell observes his co-workers and animal charges alike.

Whether getting dirty mucking out the buffalo enclosure or attempting to cajole a jitter-bugging gnu into a transportation crate, life at the zoo is certainly never boring.


BGTA Autobiography: science, technology & medicine, BM Memoirs, PSV Zoology & animal sciences

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