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on 19 December 2004
This is a wonderfully enchanting read. Humourous, yet hugely informative, Rory Knight Bruce tells the true story of a tortoise's life, spanning an incredible 160 years, from humble ship's mascot to a much treasured family pet of the Courtenay family, Earls of Devon.
Powderham Castle, home to the family for over 600 years, was where 'Timothy' resided during his last century of life. It was during the 'Charleston' era when it was discovered HE (Timothy) was actually a SHE!
Timothy witnessed vast changes within this once huge country estate but remained 'untouched 'within the perimeters of 'his' Rose Garden. Having survived six monarchs, two world wars and numerous Earls of Devon, Timothy journeyed on to chelonian heaven in April of this year.
In his telling of the life of Timothy, the author captures the very essence of English tradition, old spirit and values, an age such a far cry away from today's world of bigotry, hypocrisy and political correctness.
This is a charming biography, both well researched and passionately written, a must for your fireside collection!