The recent TV award winning adaption The Durrells left its 7 million fans with questions: What happened to the family - and what took them to Corfu in the first place? This book has the answers
Michael Haag knew Lawrence and Gerald Durrell (and met Margo), and is currently writing a biography of Lawrence for Yale University Press, which also published his Alexandria: City of Memory, a definitive study of Cavafy, Forster and Lawrence Durrell in the city. Haag has also written widely on the Egyptian, Classical and Medieval worlds and is the author of a dozen books including, for Profile, The Templars: History and Myth and The Quest for Mary Magdalene. Originally from New York City, he lives in London.
This real life story of the Durrell family is fascinating - Haag brilliantly traces their footsteps in pre-war Corfu, England and India -- Simon Nye, Writer, ITV 's The Durrells Family stories are worth telling, and this one is fascinatingly put together by Michael Haag. For few families present such an entertaining patchwork tale as the Durrells. * Daily Mail * A lively and appreciative study. * Times * Given their talent for mythmaking, The Durrells of Corfu is probably as fine an introduction to the real lives of this remarkable family as could be written. * Sydney Morning Herald * Haag vividly evokes the time and the place with sumptuous descriptions ... [he] has written a love letter to an extraordinary family. As families and other animals go, the Durrells are a breed of their own. * Daily Express * Haag adds sadness and depth to a story that is superficially golden and charming, and which never stops being so. There is so much lustre here that nothing can tarnish it; the complications and grievances only make you admire the Durrells more. What a family, and what lives well lived. * Sunday Times * These pages conjure the restorative, redemptive atmosphere of sunlight on stone. * Observer * Praise for The Quest for Mary Magdalene: [A] well-researched and page-turning history ... a narrative as clue-rich as a thriller. * Sunday Times * Praise for The Tragedy of the Templars: 'Haag is a romantic pluralist, with an instinctive taste for the esoteric, the independent and the defeated; and a corresponding distrust of victors and orthodoxies. * TLS * Praise for The Templars: History and Myth: 'Here at long last is a history of the Knights Templar - and their secrets - that you can believe in. * Scotsman * Given that talent for mythmaking, The Durrells of Corfu is probably as fine an introduction to the real lives of this remarkable family as could be written. * Sydney Morning Herald * An absolutely riveting read. * The Mail on Sunday * A brief but rip-roaring biography of the multi-talented Durrell family. -- Marcus Berkman * Daily Mail *