Tom is single, free-spirited and seeking adventure. He has a plane ticket to South America and a teaching job in a prestigious boarding school. What he doesn't need is a pet. Read an extract from the true story of Juan the penguin, rescued by Tom from an oil slick just days before a new term
Tom Michell was born and grew up on the rural downs of southern England, where he grew to love animals, birds and plants. After living in Argentina he returned home and settled in Cornwall where he helps with the family business, tends a small plot of what he calls 'good Cornish soil' and sings with a local choir. He is an amateur artist and in his spare time he draws and paints subjects from the wildlife around his home, specializing in birds of prey. Tom is an enthusiastic proponent of understanding how humans can live in genuinely sustainable ways. He is married with four grown-up children and three grandchildren.