In 1947, with two young children to support, Margaret Durrell took the advice of her maiden aunt and started a boarding house in Bournemouth. But any hopes of a conventional clientele were dashed as the establishment was colonized by a host of eccentrics, comprising, among others, a painter of nudes, a battered wife, a chauvinist bricklayer, and a Maltese transsexual. With brother Gerald descending from time to time upon this extraordinary household, accompanied as ever by his travelling menagerie, the scene was set for a multitude of hilarious adventures. In such company, and with such tenants, the landlady herself could not long stand aloof, and indeed was shortly drawn into a surreptitious love affair with a trombonist.
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In 1947, Margo Durrell, sister to zoologist Gerald (The Ark's Anniversary) and novelist Lawrence (The Alexandria Quartet), returned home to England after years of extensive travel in order to find a means to support her two children. On the advice of an aunt, she established a boarding house in the seaside village of Bournemouth. This memoir, written in 1951 and discovered in an attic by a granddaughter, details Margo's experiences as a landlady who was continually beset by eccentric lodgers rather than the respectable tenants she had hoped for. Unfortunately, the stilted writing does not do justice to what must have been an interesting time in the author's life. Besides lodgers, who included several jazz musicians, a painter of nudes and a bigamist, her brother Gerald visited with his snake and several monkeys who later escaped into the neighborhood. Photos.
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Descripción Time Warner Paperbacks, 1996. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. Nº de ref. de la librería P110751516732