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Jacko

"A true life animal story that soars"

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If the best stories are true ones, the best animal stories definitely are, and that’s the case here. Jacko was a real bird, a jackdaw found and rescued as a chick by an animal-mad youngster who would grow up to be the head keeper at London Zoo. Mick Carman never forgot Jacko, and thanks to Jeanne Willis neither will readers of this book.

Jacko was clearly a real character who made an impression on everyone who met him, including the regulars at the Station Hotel and commuters at Teddington station. He was part of Mick’s life for just a short time in the early 1950s, and Willis successfully brings to life not only their relationship, but the spirit of those post-war years too, the hardships, the optimism, the challenges faced by the men who had returned. It is done lightly, but perfectly, and she resists any trace of sentimentality in her descriptions of Jacko’s life too, the story being all the better for that. This animal story soars.

Andrea Reece

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