Away with the Penguins

Away with the Penguins : The heartwarming and uplifting Richard & Judy Book Club 2020 pick

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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
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 33mm | 573g
  • BANTAM PRESS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1787630935
  • 9781787630932
  • 3,565

Review Text

A glorious, life-affirming story. I read it in a day. I’m going to buy it for so many people this year!
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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 * A touching, uplifting tale. * Jo Wiley, Radio 2 Book Club * A warm-hearted and life-affirming tale about ageing, human kindness, old-fashioned values and protecting our planet. * Culturefly * 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 * 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 glorious, life-affirming story. I read it in a day. I'm going to buy it for so many people this year! * Clare Mackintosh * This year's Eleanor Oliphant . . . Funny, bittersweet and wholly original. * Daily Express *
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About Hazel Prior

HAZEL PRIOR lives on Exmoor with her husband and a huge ginger cat. As well as writing, she works as a freelance harpist. Her wonderful debut novel, Ellie and the Harp-Maker, is now available in paperback.
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Rating details

12,235 ratings
4.09 out of 5 stars
5 40% (4,869)
4 38% (4,689)
3 15% (1,895)
2 4% (503)
1 2% (279)
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