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Manchester Museum Book Club, The Aye Aye and I, 18 March 5.30pm

March 11, 2014

Inspired by Manchester Museum’s Vivarium, this month’s book club is ‘The Aye Aye and I’ by Gerald Durrell. Meet in the Museum café at 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 March.

You can find out Gerald Durrell’s work and Aye Aye at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation website.

Penguin books describes the book as

‘ In the gloom it came along the branches towards me, its round, hypnotic eyes blazing, its spoon-like ears turning to and fro independently like radar dishes . . . it was Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky come to life . . . one of the most incredible creatures I had ever been privileged to meet.’

The fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar is home to woodlice the size of golf balls, moths the size of Regency fans and the Aye-Aye, a type of lemur held by local superstion to be an omen of death. But when Gerald Durrell visited the island, the destruction of the forests meant that the Aye-Aye and many other unique creatures were in danger of extinction.

In his unique travel log, Durrell recalls hopping over rickety bridges, tasting exotic foods and close encounters with the world’s deadliest animals – all of which he takes in his stride. Collecting a few scrapes along the way, Durrell’s quest proves worthwhile as he finally glimpses the elusive primate and brings it back to his breeding sanctuary in Jersey.

Told with his unique sense of humour and inimitable charm, Gerald Durrell’s The Aye Aye and I is the final adventure from one Britain’s best loved conservationists.

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