Environment: Animal Farm

"The child is mad−snails in his pockets!" (1931)

"The boy is mad, wanting to be a zoo-keeper!" (1945)

"The man is mad, wanting to have a zoo!" (1958)

Those indignant words were spoken over the years by Novelist Lawrence Durrell, author of The Alexandria Quartet. Despite Larry's best efforts, however, his younger brother Gerald went on to become one of the world's best-known and best-loved animal collectors, zookeepers and writers (My Family and Other Animals, A Zoo in My Luggage). His 20 books, including Beasts in My Belfry−published last month, have all hit the bestseller list...

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