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Away with the Penguins is the delightful new book from Hazel Prior. It's the perfect book with which to curl up and go on unexpected adventures!

It's a heart-warming story about Veronica McCreedy. You will find Veronica applying her ruby-red lipstick at a research station in Antarctica because she has decided, at 85 years old, it is essential that she travel across the world to save the penguins.

To celebrate publication, we are giving one lucky reader and a friend the chance to visit a location near them (see list of locations here) and meet the penguins! The winner will also win a signed copy of Away with the Penguins!

To be in with the chance to win, simply enter your details using the form below.

Terms and conditions apply. Competition closes on 30th September 2020.

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    1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.
    2. This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion.
    3. Entries must be received by 23:59 on Wednesday 30th September 2020. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be counted. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.
    4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize.
    5. All correctly completed entries will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on Thursday 1st October 2020. The first entry drawn will be the winner.
    6. The prize for the winner is a voucher for a meet the penguins experience for two people at one of the venues listed here as chosen by the winner, subject to availability and subject to the maximum total cost being £100. For the avoidance of doubt, the cost of any travel or accommodation is excluded.
    7. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.
    8. The winner will be notified via email by Wednesday 14th October 2020. The winner must claim their prize within 30 working days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules.
    9. To obtain details of the winner please email newbooks@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk stating the name of the competition in the subject heading 4 weeks after the closing date.
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    14. The Promoter is Penguin Books Limited, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RL.
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  • Away with the Penguins

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    '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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