No doubt about it, this is a love story of the best kind.  It is the true tale of one young man’s impulsive act – to save an oil damaged penguin he discovers whilst travelling in South America – who then refuses to leave him.  So our hero smuggles the bird back to the boarding school in Argentina where he is teaching and Juan Salvado becomes mascot, confidant and friend to all.  With an immediacy rare in travel writing, the book also gives a particularly vivid picture of Argentina post Perón.  I loved it.

Tom Mitchell       The Penguin Lessons
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