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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


Published: 1st September 2010
For Ages: 11 - 14 years old
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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.


Happiness Doubled


Just the most wonderful story. He is so grateful for everything, which is a real lesson that we all could learn. Just loved this book, and already have another one to use as a gift.

Nhill. Victoria

A great read! I have read it over and over and over again.


A joy to read. An easy book to read. And its about real life.

Sydney, NSW, Australia



I usually read when I go to bed at night. Wish I had time to read the happiest refugee during the day

Roleystone WA


I have not heard my husband laugh so much with every line


Like to find easy to read biographical novels for my husband who is not a reader but needs to have things to do.

Tea Gardens NSW


Wonderfully entertaining read!


Absolutely loved this book. I bought it for my teenage son as he is a fan of Anh's comedy. He then suggested I read it as it he enjoyed it so much. I have since bought it for others as a gift as I found it to be inspirational to view our country through different eyes. Anh's positive attitude and love of Australia is infectious and we could all learn to appreciate our great country with his outlook. Thoroughly recommend this easy to read and entertaining book.

Mount Martha Vic


The Happiest Refugee


The truth is often stranger than fiction. This is a delightful autobiography that I read in one sitting. Anh Do pens an amazing tale of perseverance and adaptability, all peppered with a cheeky smile and much humour. A nice little read.



Great read


loved this book would certainly recommend to read the mother is amazing and Anh Do has made a wonderful life for himself

Noosa Australia


I have no doubt this book will get great reviews


Loved, Loved the book, couldn't put it down It actually has changed the way I look at Refugees now



Easy and enjoyable read


An interesting biography which was very easy to read, so perfect for curling up on the couch for a break, or to read on holidays.

Melbourne, AU




This guy is so loveable - you see his smiling face through every page and hardship and awkward moment of his refugee and immigrant experience. Touching and funny.

Albury, NSW


The Happiest Refugee

4.6 21


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
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.34
Edition Number: 1