South African-born Lois Nicholls discovers the grass is not always greener on the other side when she emigrates to Australia with her young family. While she speaks the same language she often experiences a cultural divide and lack of understanding by locals. The scorching heat is unbearable and a homesick fog also threatens to derail her notion of a romantic adventure in a foreign land. This is a humorous, frank account of what it’s really like to leave all that is familiar and loved to start a new life Down Under.
An absolute classic!
This book really resonated with me as a “legal alien” moving to a foreign land. I could totally get into the shoes of the writer and relate to all the fun and sometimes difficult situations when immigrating to a foreign land. I loved the quick wit and humor strewn through all the everyday stories. This book is a must for anyone wanting to emigrate to Australia (or any other foreign country). Very helpful and enjoyable… thanks!
Absolutely delightful! I had the pleasure of reading Aussie Actually and what a little treasure! So many of my friends have emigrated/are thinking of emigrating and Lois hit the nail on the head with her excellent narrative style: telling it like it is with no self-pity but a touch of humour, a touch of sadness and garnering the reality of moving to a foreign country. So many of us South Africans have close family living overseas and this book has definitely helped us understand the very human side of settling and simply just trying to fit into a foreign culture. Lois “captures the moment” throughout the book, perhaps unwittingly but skilfully placing the reader in her shoes, ensuring we live her journey with her. Well done Lois. And Lara, the illustrations are absolutely delightful!