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Book Club: “The Penguin Lessons” by Tom Michell

About the Book

A unique and moving real-life story of the extraordinary bond between a young teacher and a penguin.

Set against Argentina’s turbulent years following the collapse of the corrupt Peronist regime, this is the story of Juan Salvador the penguin, rescued by English schoolteacher Tom Michell from an oil slick in Uruguay just days before a new term, only to find that the bird then refuses to leave his side.

Michell names the penguin Juan Salvador (“John Saved”), but Juan Salvador is in fact the one who saves Michell !!

Come and join The BOOK CLUB at THE ENGLISH TREE to discuss this book over 4 sessions.

Intermediate to Advanced

WHEN: The second meeting will take place on THURSDAY, 23RD FEBRUARY 2017 at 18.30 to 20.00

Subsequent meetings will take place on Thursday, 16th March and Thursday, 6th April (confirmation will be sent prior to each meeting)

WHERE: The English Tree Piazzale Filippo Il Macedone, 89, 00124 Rome, Italy

COST: 60 Euros for the 4 sessions, payable in full at first session


  1. Buy the book and start reading as soon as you can from Amazon or Feltrinelli International in Via V.E. Orlando 86, 00185 Rome – At Feltrinelli you have a 10% discount if you show them an English Tree card
  1. Confirm your place by clicking on subscribe by email or by sending us an email at before Wednesday, February 22, 2017