In 1947, returning to the UK with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell starts a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of respectability are dashed as the tenants reveal themselves to be a host of eccentrics: from a painter of nudes to a pair of glamorous young nurses whose late-night shifts combined with an ever-revolving roster of gentleman callers leading to a neighbourhood rumour that Margo is running a brothel. Margo's own two sons, Gerry and Nicholas, prove to be every bit as mischievous as their famous Uncle Gerald - and he himself returns periodically with weird and wonderful animals, from marmosets to monkeys, that are quite unsuitable for life in a Bournemouth garden.
This is a re-release of this book, it was first published in 1995. Margo Durrell passed away in 2007.
It is a must for anyone who loves The Durrell's TV series. The book begins in 1947 when Margo now a single parent with two young children is persuaded by her aunt to buy a house in Bournemouth ( where her mother lives) and run it as a respectable boarding house. Her aunt would not be pleased to see the motley crew who,armed with rent books are now living in the house,and the neighbour's don't think much of them either.
Margo's brothers and mother appear in the story and are very true to their characters on the TV series.
Many strange and funny people pass through the doors of the boarding house. I think the strangest may be her brother Gerry who although grown up now periodically appears with snakes or monkeys as if it's the most natural thing to do in the world.
I read the paperback edition and found it difficult as the print is very small, I would have preferred it in kindle form.
I didn't find it the easiest book to read but sometimes I don't enjoy some of the TV episodes. If you love the Durrell's you will love this book. I actually think it would come across better on TV maybe as a follow up series,there's a lot going on.
Out in paperback or for kindle.