The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

by Anh Do

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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in the country they had dreamed about. Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was 13, and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh. Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. "Four," came the answer, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.
Autobiography: arts & entertainment
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  • Funny and captivating

    Review by on

    A great read which I did not want to put down and I am no bookworm. Told with his clear wit, this covered some difficult topics (like arriving in Australia by refugee boat). Cannot imagine anyone who would not like it - in fact should be compulsory reading for all our Federal politicians.

  • Wow!

    Review by on

    Honestly I was impressed with how honest this book was, but how through it all Anh was able to keep his wit and sense of humour. I really could not imagine fleeing a country down a river and still being happy and warm. It really helps put our life in Australia in perspective - that someone who came from a impoverished background to grow to be someone so well loved and well-adjusted.

  • Loved it!...moving, funny & well-told...

    Review by on

    I've always liked Anh Do's comedy and this book didn't disappoint. I've not read a book for years but decided to buy an e-reader & this was the first book I put on it. An amazing story that's very sad in some places & will have you laughing out loud in others. You'll really love it I'm sure.

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