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Publisher Description

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

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 a country where freedom existed.

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 13 – 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 hear it.

Biographies & Memoirs
Anh Do
hr min
28 June
Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Customer Reviews

the war ant ,

Epic tale of survival to romance and happiness

This story told by Ahn himself has everything an epic bug screen film should have. It’s a tale of escaping oppression in communist Vietnam, survival on the high seas, reaching Australia to start a new life with nothing but ingenuity and hard work to romance and happiness.
Anyone who thinks they have it tough should read or listen to Ahn’s amazing and hilarious tale. I’d recommend the audiobook because the way Ahn tells his story makes it both more authentic and humorous in a way only Ahn can.

Immogen.P ,

In love

I had to do this book as a school assignment, my expectations were low but HOLY MOLY what an amazing read this book blew my mind

lesthecarnut ,

Amazing journey of a refugee to become one of Australia’s best-loved talents.

A classic memoir where Anh Do revisits his traumatic journey from Vietnam to Australia told in an honest perspective littered with both shocking events and humorous incidents. Anh Do reveals many aspects of his life that has shaped the person that he and his family have become today. The author manipulates many aspects of this genre to convince an audience of both the horror and success that life as a refugee can bring. A must-read piece of Australian literature that Anh Do has revealed will be a feature film very soon.

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