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Simon Weston OBE (pictured) is a former British Army soldier who became well-known after suffering severe injuries during the bombing of the RFA Sir Galahad in the Falklands War. After recovering from his initial injuries, he has worked tirelessly for charity and is now a well-known personality on radio and television and is in demand as an after-dinner speaker throughout the UK. Nelson at Sea is the latest in his best-selling series of children’s books chartering Nelson’s adventures.
David FitzGerald is the voice of Saturday mornings on BBC Radio Devon. He started out in radio in the early 1980s, before moving to television, reporting for Sky News. He is also an experienced writer, having scripted television favourites such as The Bill and Spitting Image.
Nelson at Sea is the third in Simon Weston's humorous and heart-warming story that champions friendship and community spirit. This bestselling series charts the adventures of Nelson, a delightful horse with a very practical and down-to-earth attitude to life. Nelson the carthorse lives with Mike the milkman at the St Mary Dairy in Pont-y-cary. Life is always an adventure for Nelson and his stablemates; with two rats called Rhodri and Rhys, a pigeon with no sense of direction, an ex-racehorse named Cardigan, a frog in a bow-tie, and a bunch of rugby-playing ducks (the All-Quacks), so chaos and a lot of fun is often just around the corner! His other titles also featuring Nelson include A Nod from Nelson and Nelson to the Rescue.
Nelson to the Rescue is an incredibly humorous and heart-warming tale featuring Nelson the horse and many of his erstwhile friends including two rats, a pigeon who is a Flight Lieutenant and Cardigan, an ex-racehorse. Never does Nelson expect to get a make-over, but that’s exactly what happens and that’s not all - he meets the Prince of Wales, pulls a ceremonial coach and gives a TV interview in Welsh! It’s brilliant and Simon’s first Nelson title A Nod from Nelson is equally brilliant.
An entertaining and amusing story with a real feel-good factor that's perfect both for reading aloud to youngsters but also terrific as a read alone for the 7+ age range. Nelson is a lovely mellow horse who’s getting old. However he is obliged to come out of retirement and, with the help of his animal friends, he must prevent an environmental catastrophe. The subject matter is very topical as it deals with the human effect on the environment in a way that is easy to understand. This book is Simon Weston’s first novel for children and he is clearly a naturally gifted storyteller.
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