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    Brought to you by Penguin.

    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.

    ©2020 Hazel Prior (P)2020 Penguin Audio

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    • Colin
    • 10/02/2021

    Lovely gentle story in an unusual setting

    A refreshingly different story partly because of its location in Antarctica , partly because the central character is a feisty 86 yr old curmudgeonly lady but mainly because of the 5,000 penguins.
    Veronica , a very wealthy lady with no family embarks on a hazardous stay at a penguin research station in Antarctica , on a whim , after seeing a TV programme about the Penguins.
    She goes there in order to see for herself if they merit being recipients from her Will to the tune of several millions .
    The story is about the people at the research station, Terri , grumpy Mike & Dietrich , an adopted penguin Patrick/ Pip & Patrick , & the long lost grandson she didn’t know she had.
    We learn of her life prior to this expedition from diaries entrusted to Patrick & we learn the reason for her feistiness & independence.
    An unusual but entertaining story.

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    • magda flores
    • 23/01/2021

    delightful read

    what a gem.of a book. loved every minute of it. likeable characters and a great story

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    • Sharon de Wilzen
    • 18/12/2020

    Simply delightful

    Lovely feel good story. Light and entertaining, beautifully read by 3 narrators. I will be looking for more books from this author

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    • Dina S.
    • 31/07/2020

    Lovely story

    I enjoyed the audio book. I was looking for a light but interesting story and this did the trick. The book is not without substance, however. The messages that "books should not be judged by their cover" and that it is in everybody's reponsibility to save the planet and make the earth a better place clearly come across. This is done in a natural (and mostly subtle) way throughout the story. I also thoroughly enjoyed the different perspectives and characters as they are very different from my own life. All in all a nice story if you want to escape from everyday life for a short time.