The Penguin Lessons

Tom Michell


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The unique, moving and heartwarming true story of an unlikely friendship which captured imaginations around the world . . .

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. What he doesn’t need is a pet.

What he really doesn’t need is a pet penguin. But when he spots a penguin struggling in an oil slick whilst in Uruguay he has to help. And then the penguin refuses to leave his side.

Clearly Tom has no choice but to smuggle it across the border, through customs, and back to school. He names him Juan Salvador. 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 – including Tom, who discovers a compadre like no other .

. . AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO 2 ‘A much-beloved tale about a much-beloved bird .

. . heartwarmingly eccentric’ Guardian ‘So touching that I didn’t want it to end.

I really loved this book’ Michael Bond, creator of Paddington’Charming’ Daily Mail ‘One of the most touching tales we’ve read all year’ Heat

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Weight 172 g
Dimensions 128 × 22 mm



Penguin Books Ltd


Penguin Books Ltd

Date of Publication

16 Jun 2016

By (author)

Tom Michell




Paperback / softback