Oh Mexico! Love and adventure in Mexico City by Lucy Neville

by |January 21, 2011

An irresistibly funny and romantic memoir of love and adventure in Mexico City – a tale of salsa, soap operas and one young woman’s bid to evade the realities of life after graduation.

Graduating from university, Lucy Neville faces a dilemma: find a job or disappear to Latin America, the exotic land of her childhood dreams?

She arrives in Mexico City with little money and only basic Spanish. Her to-do list is simple enough: get a job, find a place to live, then master the language.

Lucy promptly finds work as an English teacher and scores a room in a sunny apartment. Her new flatmate, the well-connected Octavio, is unnervingly attractive.

So begins a comic tsunami of challenges as Lucy negotiates Mexico City’s stratified worlds, meeting everyone from street-hawkers to crazy gringos, academics and socialites. She marvels at how cheerfully they cope in a town held together by corruption, where kidnapping is a constant threat and decapitations by narcotics gangs are a staple of the daily news.

As Lucy struggles with her Spanish verbs, the two men she accidentally falls in love with discover each other’s existence. In the midst of the turmoil that follows, her extrovert family arrive for a visit.

Oh Mexico! is a classic travel memoir lit up by great warmth, wit and wisdom. With a curious mind and a knowing eye, Lucy’s account of life in the riotous third-world metropolis that is Mexico City is utterly irresistible.

About Lucy Neville

Lucy Neville is the eldest daughter of Richard Neville and Julie Clarke. She was born in 1983 and grew up in the Blue Mountains. After completing school she worked as a volunteer on an indigenous reserve in Costa Rica. Returning to Australia she did an Arts Degree in Politics and Latin American Studies before travelling to Spain to study teaching English as a foreign language. From there she continued to Mexico City where she spent several years teaching English, exploring, and performing in a minor role in one of Mexico’s biggest soap opera Tequila Loving.

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While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. ​Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection. His novel, The Girl on the Page, will be published by HarperCollins Australia in October, 2018.

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  • cathy matthew

    June 16, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Dear Lucy ..you don’t know us but we know your uncle Rolly well! We have just returned from our 6th or so jaunt through mexico..we have had this love affair with that country for some time now..We would love to buy a signed copy of your book oh mexico!…please send details. Best Wishes.
    Cathy and Peter Matthew

  • July 10, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Lucy,
    My name is Nicky. I’ve been living in DF just shy of a year and a half now. I’m a UTS student, slowly making my way through a communications degree. I’ve come back to Sydney for a quick visit but I’m heading back to DF for the rest of this year. I’m going to get hold of your book before I return. I’d love to ask you a couple of questions about your time there and your transition back to Sydney, I’m sure you’re super busy but I would really appreciate a moment of your time to rack your brain about a few things.

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