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The Happiest Refugee

The Happiest Refugee

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.

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ISBN 9781742372389
Barcode 9781742372389
Published 1 September 2010 by Allen & Unwin
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Do, Anh
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ISBN-13 9781742372389
ISBN-10 1742372384
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Imprint Allen & Unwin
Publication Date 1 September 2010
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Do, Anh
Category Award Winning
Performing Arts
Biography & Autobiography: Film, Television, Music, Theatre
Refugees & Political Asylum
Australian
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Weight 341g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Autobiography: The Arts
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 790.20;792.7028092
Catalogue Code 108479

Description of this Book

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. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was only nine - they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own. His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university. 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,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian! The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of Indie Awards 2011 (Australia) -- Winner of Book of the Year 2011 (Australia) -- Winner of Indie Awards 2011 (Australia) -- Winner of Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2011 (Australia) -- Winner of Australian Book Industry Awards 2011 (Australia)

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Author's Bio

Anh Do is one of Australia's leading comedians. He has also acted in television series and films, written screenplays and is a sought-after keynote speaker.

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