The Penguin Lessons

The Penguin Lessons

Travel & Maps, Travel Writing, Non-Fiction
Paperback Published on: 16/06/2016
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As heard on BBC Radio 2 Fact Not Fiction Bookclub

I was hoping against hope that the penguin would survive because as of that instant he had a name, and with his name came the beginning of a bond which would last a life-time.

Tom Michell is in his roaring twenties: single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America, a teaching position in a prestigious Argentine boarding school, and endless summer holidays. He even has a motorbike, Che Guevara style.

What he doesn't need is a pet. What he really doesn't need is a pet penguin.

Set against Argentina's turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this is the heart-warming story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term.

When the bird refuses to leave Tom's side, the young teacher has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. Whether it's as the rugby team's mascot, the housekeeper's confidant, the host at Tom's parties or the most flamboyant swimming coach in world history, Juan Salvador transforms the lives of all he meets - in particular one homesick school boy.

And as for Tom, he discovers in Juan Salvador a compadre like no other...The Penguin Lessons is a unique and moving true story which has captured imaginations around the globe - for all those who dreamed as a child they might one day talk to the animals.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9781405921800
  • Number of pages: 240
  • Weight: 172g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 16 mm

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The Penguin Lessons
A delightful story, tenderly told.
A most enjoyable book. Highly recommended.
Gill Gregson
The Penguin Lessons
Such a fabulous book
I adore this memoir, touching, quirky and inspiring. One you could buy anyone in the family & they'd love it
Sharon, Bookseller at Waterstones Gloucester
The Penguin Lessons
Just beautiful
I loved this book - Tom Mitchell writes powerfully about a relationship which clearly had a huge impact on his life. His book had a powerful impact on me a... READ MORE
The Penguin Lessons
The friendship bird
On holiday and on a beach in Uruguay Tom Mitchell rescues a lone penguin from many thousands who have died due to oil polution. From this tragedy, perpetra... READ MORE
The Penguin Lessons
madara uchia
The Penguin Lessons
This was a perfect feel-good read and I would suggest it to anyone who needs a bit of comfort!
Kylie Hull
The Penguin Lessons
This book is exactly what I expected if not more.
This book is exactly what I expected if not more. Juan Salvado - the penguin, who influenced lives of everybody whom he met after being resqued by a young ... READ MORE
The Penguin Lessons
Really good book
Really good book read it in one go
Ben Sheppard