• The Durrells of Corfu

  • By: Michael Haag
  • Narrated by: Paul English
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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The Durrells of Corfu

By: Michael Haag
Narrated by: Paul English
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Publisher's Summary

The award-winning TV adaption The Durrells left its seven million fans with questions: What happened to the family - and what took them to Corfu in the first place? This audiobook has the answers....

Simon Nye's TV series, The Durrells, is based loosely on Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy and in particular his much-loved best seller, My Family and Other Animals. These books in turn are based somewhat loosely on actual events. The real-life Durrells went to Corfu at the urging of Lawrence Durrell, who was already living on the island with his wife, Nancy Myers. Their intent was to keep the family together as his mother, Louisa, was drinking heavily and recovering from a breakdown; 'We can be proud of the way we brought her up', Larry said, only half jokingly, of the family's subsequent Corfu sojourn.

Michael Haag's book covers the background to the Durrell family's years in Corfu, including their time in India, where all the children were born, and where their father, a brilliant civil engineer, had died. It recalls the real-life characters the Durrells encountered on Corfu, notably the biologist and poet Theodore Stephanides, and the taxi driver Spiros Halikiopoulos. And Haag tells the story of how the Durrells left Corfu, including Margo's return intent on joining the Greek resistance and Leslie's romance in England with the family's Corfite maid and friend, Maria Kondos. Further chapters cover what happened to the family in later life; here, Lawrence and Gerald Durrell's biographies are well known, but little has previously been written of Margo, Leslie and Louisa. Haag has fascinating stories to tell of them all.

©2006 Michael Haag (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Sara
  • 01-04-18

Really interesting and amusing tales of the family

We listened to this as a family after watching the drama on TV recently, it's so fun to hear extra stories about the characters and really interesting to hear about the patents and their beginnings abroad.

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  • Marion W.
  • 01-19-21

Perfect companion to My Family and Other Animals

Gives lots of background on the Durrell family and other iconic characters in Gerry’s bestseller, such as Spiro and Theodore. Funny and informative at the same time. If you enjoyed My Family and Other Animals as a book or the TV series and you want to find out more, this will answer your questions and provide a historical context. Highly recommended.

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  • C Smith x
  • 04-29-18

Enjoyable

Verg interesting and most intriguing. Good narrator, easy to listen to. Shorter than I was expecting.

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  • Tree Elf Girl
  • 02-08-18

Lots of family information.

Great book with lots of insight into family life. Easy to listen to with many interesting stories.

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  • Kato
  • 08-29-21

I ĺoved it. Will listen to it again. more stories

more stories like this one please. I enjoyed the TV series, I enjoyed this one. Will listen to it again and again! Thankyou.


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  • m rowlands
  • 04-28-21

The Real Durrells

Well read. Very enjoyable and illuminating. The real facts not the television version. Absorbing and well worth the time.

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  • O
  • 03-08-21

Like Michael Bond and A.A.Milne for adults .

Except that this warm story of spills and awakening really took place. Immerse yourself and live in a world of sunlight and cheerful colourful people for a while. It's an escape to another time and place that you will want to recreate for your family.

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  • Hoppy
  • 11-24-20

must read

absolutely brilliant must read absolutely superb and enjoyable book funny and sad
hooked from beginning to end

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  • Graham Taylor
  • 09-26-19

relaxing

good evening and holidays audio makes the tv series more enjoyable. will get the rest


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  • G
  • 07-30-19

Durrels wishful thinking.

It is if I was there....... I wish..I was so absorbing to make you feel as it you where there.

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  • Trevor Cowan-Clark
  • 07-16-21

Durrells bbc show vs the book.

I loved the bbc show but this book is a must it brings to life the Durrells and why they loved Corfu. But not only Corfu but who they really were. Hi

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  • Helen Fearn
  • 07-20-17

Bored me to tears.

I'll be looking for Gerald's books. I loved the TV series based on those books.