by Simon de Swaan and Jonell Galloway
To gulp a mouthful of soft, warm red wine, and then to lean forward and slice a fragrant chip of meat from the brown, bubbling carcass in front of you, dunk it in the fierce sauce of vinegar, garlic, and red pepper, and then stuff it, nut-sweet and juicy, into your mouth, seemed one of the most satisfying actions of my life.–Gerald Durrell, The Whispering Land, 1961
Gerald Durrell, brother of the noted author Lawrence Durrell, was foremost a zoologist interested in protecting wildlife. His brother Lawrence once suggested that he write books in order to earn money to support his numerous wildlife causes, which motivated him to write The Overloaded Ark, followed by The Bafut Beagles and Three Singles to Adventure. All were successful enough to allow him to continue writing up until his death in 1995, all for the sole means of supporting his animal protection causes, chiefly through the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.