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Leslie Durrell

Leslie Durrell

Second eldest brother of the Durrell family
Leslie Durrell
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Second eldest brother of the Durrell family
Was Entrepreneur
From United Kingdom
Type Business
Gender male
Birth 1918, Jalandhar, Punjab, India
Death 1983, London, England (aged 65 years)
Siblings: Gerald Durrell
The details


The Durrell family included:

Lawrence Samuel Durrell (1884–1928), an Anglo-Indian engineer, his wife Louisa Florence Durrell (1886–1964) and their children:

  • Lawrence Durrell (1912–1990), a diplomat and writer, best known for writing The Alexandria Quartet, in addition to travel literature.
  • Leslie Durrell (1918–1983), the second oldest brother. He is described in Gerald Durrell's Corfu Trilogy — My Family and Other Animals, Birds, Beasts and Relatives and The Garden of the Gods — as having interests in guns, hunting, and sailing, and according to his sister's book Whatever Happened to Margo?, was interested in painting.
  • Margaret Durrell (1920–2007), ran a boarding house in Bournemouth. Her account of that experience, Whatever Happened to Margo?, was published in 1995, about 40 years after she wrote it.
  • Gerald Durrell (1925–1995), a popular naturalist, conservationist, television host and author, credited with redefining the modern zoo. Founder of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
    • His first wife, Jacquie Durrell (b. 1929), author, naturalist and television host
    • His second wife, Lee McGeorge Durrell (b. 1949), author, naturalist and Honorary Director of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

Lawrence Samuel Durrell, Louisa Durrell and their children were all born in India during the British Raj as was Louisa Durrell's father. Following Lawrence Samuel Durrell's death in 1928, Mrs Durrell and her three younger children moved to the United Kingdom, where Lawrence had already been sent to be educated. In 1935 they moved to Corfu, following Lawrence's earlier move there with his wife Nancy. They remained in Corfu until 1939, when the outbreak of World War II forced most of them to return to England. Gerald's autobiographical Corfu Trilogy and several short stories record the family's time in Corfu, in a heavily fictionalised way.

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Article Title: Leslie Durrell: Second eldest brother of the Durrell family - Biography and Life
Author(s): PeoplePill.com Editorial Staff
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Publish Date: 12 Nov 2016
Last Update Date: 25 Dec 2019
Date Accessed: 24 Sep 2020
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