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The Happiest Refugee :  My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy - Anh Do

The Happiest Refugee

My Journey from Tragedy to Comedy

By: Anh Do

Paperback

Published: 1st September 2010
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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Winner of Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Best Australian Book 2011 (Non-Fiction)

Joint Winner of Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Awards: Biography of the Year 2011

Winner of Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Awards: Newcomer of the Year 2011

Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award 2011

Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Community Relations Commission Award 2011

Book 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 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.

About The Author

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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The Happiest Refugee
 
4.6

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

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Pros

  • Easy to understand (8)
  • Deserves multiple readings (7)
  • Inspirational (7)
  • Well written (7)
  • Informative (4)

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    • Older readers (5)
    • Younger readers (4)
    • Travel reading (3)
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    2.0

    immigrant's experience

    By songbird

    from sydney australia..

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    Pros

    • Easy To Understand
    • Informative
    • Relevant

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Younger Readers

      Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

      Interesting but unsatisfying at the same time, not enough accurate explanation of the family in Australia, nor an easy to follow time line.

      A great story of surviving in adversity, but conversational in style rather than literary. One read was sufficient.

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      5.0

      Anh Do made me laugh, cry and smile . .

      By TattooedMac

      from Country, Western Australia

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      Pros

      • Believe In Yourself
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Understand
      • Informative
      • Inspirational
      • Make's Me Grateful
      • Well Written

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        • Gift
        • Older Readers
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        Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

        If you buy this book, make sure that when you want to start reading it, you give yourself a lot of time, because you won't want to put it down.
        It took me 2 days to read this book, as the chapters are layer out, so once you finish one, you want to find out where he went next in his lifelong adventure.
        Its hard not to write any SPOILERS for this book, but from the moment he takes you back to his childhood, to his comedy gigs, Anh made me laugh, cry, smile and made me think i was grateful for how i was bought up and what i have.
        This is a must read, and then read it again. Very touching and i thank Anh for sharing his life with me . . .

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        5.0

        Love it!!!!

        By Amanda

        from Toowoomba

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        Pros

        • Easy To Understand
        • Inspirational
        • Well Written

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          • Gift
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          Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

          Love this book and carried it around for a week didn't want to let go.

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          5.0

          Brilliant book

          By a lost soul

          from melbourne, AU

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
          • Easy To Understand
          • Inspirational
          • Relevant
          • Well Written

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            Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

            Very interesting reading, gives you a look at what these people went through to get to our beautiful Country which I believe we take for granted. Amazing story.

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            4.0

            a good read

            By oh my!

            from Tasmania

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              Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

              A really good read - a funny poignant story of how a refugee can become a loved figure in Australia. Everyone has a story - this is a good one to share!

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              5.0

              Awesome

              By CUTSEY

              from SYDNEY, AU

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              • Deserves Multiple Readings
              • Easy To Understand
              • Inspirational
              • Well Written

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                Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                I LOVE THIS BOOK IT'S SO SAD BUT INSPIRATIONAL AND HEARTWARMING

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                5.0

                Anh Do - The Happiest Refugee

                By Pernickity

                from Mudgeeraba Qld

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                Pros

                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
                • Inspirational
                • Relevant
                • Well Written

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                  Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                  A lovely book for yourself or as a gift.

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                  5.0

                  The Happiest Reader is me.

                  By Jude the Obscure

                  from Melbourne

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                  • Deserves Multiple Readings
                  • Easy To Understand
                  • Humorous And Sad
                  • Informative
                  • Inspirational
                  • Inspiring
                  • Relevant
                  • Well Written

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                    • ALL AGES
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                    Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                    I use all your products for my own personal enjoyment and it is such a thrill to collect your lovely parcel from my letterbox. No complaints from me.

                    Service and delivery comments:

                    Always prompt, always in good condition, and I really appreciate the no postage fee offer. This is always a bonus.

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                    5.0

                    A Heartwarming book to read

                    By Mum of 4

                    from Brisbane, AU

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                    • Deserves Multiple Readings
                    • Easy To Understand
                    • Inspirational
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                      • Anyone

                      Comments about The Happiest Refugee:

                      This book opened my eyes to how hard it really is for refugee's to make sense of what we take for granted living in our country. Right from the minute they get on a boat life is never the same. I laughed and cried, it was such a great read.

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                      Anh Do

                      Anh Do (born 2 June 1977) is a Vietnamese-born Australian author, actor and comedian. He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God You're Here and Good News Week, and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars in 2007. He studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney.

                      He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa's films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced. In 2012, his TV show Anh Does Vietnam began airing.

                      Visit Anh Do's Booktopia Author Page


                      ISBN: 9781742372389
                      ISBN-10: 1742372384
                      Audience: General
                      For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
                      For Grades: 7 - 10
                      Format: Paperback
                      Language: English
                      Number Of Pages: 240
                      Published: 1st September 2010
                      Publisher: Allen & Unwin
                      Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.8
                      Weight (kg): 0.34
                      Edition Number: 1