‘I once travelled back from Africa on a ship with an Irish captain who didn’t like animals. This was unfortunate, because most of my luggage consisted of about two-hundred-odd cages of assorted wildlife’
Moving from the West Coast of Africa to the Northern tip of South America and elsewhere, Durrell observes the courtships, wars and characters of a variety of creatures, from birds of paradise to ants and ant eaters, among others.
‘If animals, birds and insects could speak, they would possibly award Durrell one of their first Nobel Prizes. His creatures are as alive as his style’