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  • A quirky, unusual story

    A very quirky, unusual story about an 85 year old lady and penguins! Veronica is a wealthy, fairly eccentric lady who doesn't particularly like people and hasn't anyone to leave her money to when she dies, and is wondering what to do with it. She discovers a grandson she didn't know about, but decides he's not worthy of it, and so after seeing a program on the TV decides to leave it all to penguin research and flies out to the Antarctic and lands herself on the poor penguin scientists in the middle of nowhere with really basic accommodation, promising to leave her money to them if she can stay and see the penguins for a few weeks. This was a very amusing, and slightly sad in parts, book with great descriptions of penguins that was really interesting. I haven't really thought that much about them before, but they sound like really amazing creatures. Veronica is a formidable woman who is very hard to say no to so there are certainly some interesting parts of the story! Her grandson also grew on me, as initially I found him irritating (worked one day a week/lived on benefits/moped around feeling sorry for himself/smoked cannabis), but he also ended up in the Antarctic and he turned out to be a nice guy. I wasn't too sure I'd like the story to start with, but it grew on me as I got further into the book. Something a little bit different that ended up a very enjoyable read.

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  • Charming, beautiful and uplifting

    Mrs McCreedy, aged 85, lives alone in Scotland with her helper visiting. She is what is often described as “a character”. Her thoughts turn to who or what to leave her considerable wealth to when she dies, as a result of which her life changes in so many ways, including meeting penguins. This is a wonderful heart-lifting story about Veronica McCreedy, the people she meets and, of course, penguins. Through her quest for a worthy recipient of her monies, we learn about Veronica’s life, and what has shaped her. It took me a few chapters to get into, but after that the variety of characters came alive and I was charmed, and amused, by this gentle, but interesting story. I listed to the audio version and the various narrators sound exactly as you would expect the characters to be. Fantastic! 5*s from me, because the characters and story were interesting and the story beautiful. Also I learnt a little about Adélie penguins. I enjoyed the book so much that this morning I have been looking into holidays to visit the Adélie penguins – not to be, but I enjoyed the dream!

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  • Away with the penguins

    What an amazing book, I was gripped from the first paragraph and have recommended to all my friends. Such a lovely heart warming story, so well written, thank you Hazel, made my week!

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  • Wonderful!

    I loved this book from start to finish. Great writing, very real characters, and a fabulous, heartwarming story. Don’t miss it!

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  • Heart Lifting

    A truly lovely book. Thought provoking, leaving a warm glow.

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