The heart-warming story of how a tiny hedgehog helped one man find hope. ‘Could you look after it for a couple of days? . . .’ So begins the extraordinary friendship between veterinarian Massimo, who is at a low spot in his life, and a tiny, orphaned hedgehog. Only a few days old, covered with soft, white quills and mewling quietly, this little creature will turn around his life forever. Through the sheer force of Ninna’s personality – curious, playful, affectionate – and the sudden, unexpected paternal protectiveness he feels nursing her back to health, Massimo reconnects with the world – and finally begins to feel like home.
But as Ninna wakes from her first hibernation, she grows up, like any teenager, longing for freedom. A creature of the wild, she craves the free range of the woods beyond Massimo’s house. Massimo must accept that Ninna is ready to move on . . . but one little hedgehog saved and released into her natural habitat is a new beginning for Massimo: setting up a sanctuary for the injured, orphaned, fragile – but with a will to live so strong it is truly contagious.
A Handful of Happiness is their funny and life-affirming story – a celebration of our favourite prickly wildlife creature, which will make you laugh and cry. Perfect for animal lovers and fans of A Streetcat Named Bob, Arthur, Finding Gobi andMonty Don’s Nigel.