Archives by Tag 'Wildlife'

Review: ‘Golden Bats and Pink Pigeons’ by Gerald Durrell

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Thursday, June 23, 2011

Evidently I was feeling in an avian mood when I read this book, as I followed Patrick Suskind’s with another book featuring pigeons: this time it was by Gerald Durrell.  Not deliberate, I swear.  Gerald Durrell is one of my favourite authors to turn to when I want to read something entertaining and well-written but [...]

Review: ‘Christmas Carols for Cats’ by Julie and John Hope

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Monday, December 20, 2010

Title: Author: Julie and John Hope.  Illustrated by Sue Hellard Published: Bantam Books, 1998, pp. 29.  Originally published 1996 Genre: Humour poetry Blurb: A witty, charming treasury of traditional Christmas carols -rewritten by cats for cats – includes such classics as “The Twelve Days of Catmas,” “We Wish for the Fam’ly Goldfish,” and “Bark! The [...]

‘The Running Foxes’ by Joyce Stranger

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, December 17, 2010

Title: Author: Joyce Stranger Published: Corgi, 1967, pp. 142.  Originally published 1965 Genre: Young adult fiction Blurb: The magic is of foxes running wild over the Cumberland hills, of an otter cub adopted by a poacher, of young hounds caught in a badger-run, and of dour, lakeland farmers who hunt on foot and are out-witted [...]

Review: ‘Birds, Beasts and Relatives’ by Gerald Durrell

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Sunday, August 22, 2010

Title: Birds, Beasts and Relatives Author: Gerald Durrell Published: Fontana, 1971, pp. 220 Genre: Autobiographical wildlife fiction Blurb: All Gerald Durrell’s books are extremely enjoyable.  My Family and Other Animals is the best, spun from his family’s five-year sojourn, before thewar, when he was in his early teens on Corfu.  In Birds, Beasts and Relatives, [...]

Review: ‘A Zoo in My Luggage’ by Gerald Durrell

By oldenglishrose - Last updated: Friday, August 20, 2010

 A Zoo in My Luggage begins with an account of Durrell’s third trip to the British Cameroons in West Africa, during which he and his wife capture animals to start their own zoo. Returning to England with a few additions to their family—Cholmondeley the chimpanzee, Bug-eye the bush baby, and others—they have nowhere to put [...]