Away with the Penguins: The joyful Richard & Judy pick and Number 1 bestseller

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Transworld, Mar 5, 2020 - Fiction - 416 pages

A truly feel-good book club read - a #1 bestseller in ebook and audio!

'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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User Review  - AneG81 - LibraryThing

This is an articulate example of a book with simple but still daunting topics, skilfully written that without hesitation takes you on an adventure that does not stop until you finish the reading. I ... Read full review

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User Review  - shelleyraec - LibraryThing

Away With the Penguins is a charming tale of family, second chances, and well...penguins, from Hazel Prior. “I must try to do something before it’s too late. Not just something with my money but ... Read full review

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About the author (2020)

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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