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Publisher Description

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 thirteen - 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.

Biographies & Memoirs
1 November
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

Smile for2013 ,


Fabulous story. Your mother is a treasure, thank god she is so strong. The book was insightful and enjoyable. Congratulations for doing so well. Heartwarming to read. Thank you for sharing

Omie_s ,

Inspiring life story!

Anh's story had me crying one moment and laughing the next until the end! Could not put it down. I was so moved and inspired by his courage and determination despite incredibly challenging circumstances that I am sure to read it many more times!

Craig N gang ,

Amazing & inspirational!!

Hey Ahn,
I hadn’t read a book in over 20 years, reading yours was truly amazing, I enjoyed it very much, it’s a 5 STAR all the way :)
Cheers Craig
Ps be awesome to meet you one day, as seen you speak twice in Perth, bought 3 signed copies of your book....

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