Away with the Penguins (Hardback)Hazel Prior (author)
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AS HEARD ON THE BBC RADIO 2 BOOK CLUB
'This year's Eleanor Oliphant . . . Funny, bittersweet and wholly original.' Daily Express
Veronica McCreedy is about to have the journey of a lifetime . . .
Veronica McCreedy lives in a mansion by the sea. She loves a nice cup of Darjeeling tea whilst watching a good wildlife documentary. And she's never seen without her ruby-red lipstick.
Although these days Veronica is rarely seen by anyone because, at 85, her days are spent mostly at home, alone.
She can be found either collecting litter from the beach ('people who litter the countryside should be shot'), trying to locate her glasses ('someone must have moved them') or shouting
instructions to her assistant, Eileen ('Eileen, door!').
Veronica doesn't have family or friends nearby. Not that she knows about, anyway . . . And she has no idea where she's going to leave her considerable wealth when she dies.
But today . . . today Veronica is going to make a decision that will change all of this.
'I love this gorgeous book. Unflinching, stubborn, funny and moving, Veronica is an unlikely heroine who will sneak in and capture your heart.' Trisha Ashley
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 573 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 33 mm
A glorious, life-affirming story. I read it in a day. I'm going to buy it for so many people this year! * Clare Mackintosh *
I love this gorgeous book. Unflinching, stubborn, funny and moving, Veronica is an unlikely heroine who will sneak in and capture your heart. * Trisha Ashley *
A warm and witty journey of self-discovery. Prior proves that it's never too late to become the person you were meant to be. * Wendy Wax, bestselling author of MY EX-BEST FRIEND'S WEDDING *
A warm-hearted and life-affirming tale about ageing, human kindness, old-fashioned values and protecting our planet. * Culturefly *
A touching, uplifting tale. * Jo Wiley, Radio 2 Book Club *
Love is not simple; it is the most complex of all the experiences we encounter. Caring for an orphaned penguin liberates the love Veronica had withheld for decades. At the age of eighty-six, the world is all at once at her feet. I commend this novel as a work of art, written in a prose so fluent that it all but reads itself to you. And the creation of the character of Veronica, just by itself, deserves high praise. * Robert Hillman, author of THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN HEARTED *
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Wow!! This book is my favourite read this winter! Fantastic characters, great story, had me gripped from the first word to the last. Veronica McCreedy has started watching programmes about Penguins and becomes... More
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What a book! I loved it
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“Entertains, informs and motivates.”
I was drawn to this book initially because my son has always loved penguins. This story has so much to recommend it.
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