Call of the Penguins by Hazel Prior

Penguins and People

My rating: 5 out of 5

Call of the Penguins is very much a follow on from Hazel Prior’s previous novel Away with the Penguins (also known as How The Penguins Saved Veronica), though can be read as stand alone.  This is a wonderful story of penguins and people, acceptance and the need to change. 

Veronica, now 87 years old, is invited to co-present a nature programme acting as a penguin ambassador, and so jumps at the chance of meeting penguins in Australia and the Falklands.  Patrick, Veronica’s grandson, throws himself into a research project, and Terry wonders how long the Locket Island penguin station can survive.   The story is narrated by these 3 characters, who we first met in Away with the Penguins.  In addition Veronica is accompanied by 9 year old Daisy who brings a different way of looking at things. 

As well as penguins there is relationship drama, communication disasters, mysteries to solve and plenty of interesting details that I found myself googling for more information on.  The story flows well, with the 3 narrators blending together well, so the story is easy to follow and always full of charm and wit – plus a few sombre moments. 

I really enjoyed catching up with Veronica, and learning more about her and her life.  The story was involving, fascinating and a great read.  Absolutely wonderful!

Publisher: Black Swan who are part of Transworld Publishers / Random House UK. 

Publication Date: 11 November 2021

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