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    Impressive memoir

    I've read quite a few books now about Brit families uprooting at middle age and relocating to different countries, but this is far and away the most impressive - author Sarah Jane and `where ever I lay my hat that's my home' hubby Nigel leave cosy Cornwall and land in Alice Springs, Australia. Not the romantic Alice Springs I remember from the Flying Doctor radio show of my childhood, but 40 degrees of numbing heat, with lots of dust and flies thrown in. Plunged straight into an emergency resuscitation of a local boy in her new job as a nurse, Sarah Jane is quickly wondering what the heck she is doing there. But on she ploughs - through drastic weight loss as a result of TB exposure, the tragic death of mother-in-law Sheila on the heels of her romantic wedding in Scotland (so sorry for Nigel, my mum died on my wedding day, I became a bit of a "grieving bushman" too!), the terrible trauma daughter Jaime experienced at the hands of an incompetent surgeon, the struggle to build a log cabin in the middle of the desert, the road rage incident which left the author even more traumatised than Jaime, the awful bankruptcy which followed the family's wonderful home being submerged in the Brisbane floods, and finally the gruelling drive-through-four-states-of-Australia-with-no-sleep slog to relocate in Tasmania. There is an iron will at work here, and the family's mantra - "Work the plan, to achieve the dream" - sums up the pioneer nothing-will-stand-in-our-way spirit which runs through this great book. Every time something goes wrong, and it goes wrong quite a lot of the time, Sarah and Nigel just pick themselves up and try again. Glass half full? It never looked like being empty!
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    Glass Half Full

    Great read. Couldn't put it down once you started you needed to find what was the next to happen to this family. I found myself reading with my mouth open as in (OMG) whatever next ! Brave couple.
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    excelent read

    I usually read pure fiction but this grabbed me from the onset. It was a great read,can't wait to read the next book.
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    Interesting insights into life in Australia

    I ve run a bed-and-breakfast for several years and have met many Australians and I also have a keen interest in visiting that country. I met a couple from Africa who suggested that I "forget Australia, it's too big - go to Tasmania", so I was thrilled to see that part in the book as well. This is definitely a must read if you're interested in visiting Australia!
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    Enjoyable, but clearly a first crack at publishing

    Better than most memoirs (no, I don't want to read your journals). I enjoyed the decision to uproot a very large blended family for adventures in Australia. Determination to the point of obstinence.... one of the things I hate being a reader of adventure memoirs are the bone headed things the author does (insert crappy review of WILD) - things that are so obvious for the reader in planning, somehow manage to escape the author. A stickler for grammar, I am not sure if the mistakes are different turns of phrase for a UK-er, Aussieisms or my Canadianisms.... but distracting. Not very personal, if you ask me. But if you want to explore Oz, and several states, through the eyes of an expat trying to fit in, this is the book for you.
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