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Living and Working in Australia: A Survival Handbook (Living & Working in Australia) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

David Hampshire , Jim Watson
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Aug 2001 Living & Working in Australia
Essential reading for anyone planning to live or work in Australia and the most up-to-date source of practical information available about everyday life. It's guaranteed to hasten your introduction to the Australian way of life, and, most importantly, will save you time, trouble and money! The best-selling and most comprehensive book about living and working in Australia since it was first published in 1998, containing up to three times as much information as similar books!

Product details

  • Paperback: 508 pages
  • Publisher: Survival Books; 2nd Revised edition edition (Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1901130517
  • ISBN-13: 978-1901130515
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,594,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Hampshire was born in England and after serving in the Royal Air Force he was employed for many years in the computer industry, before taking up writing full-time in the '80s. His work has taken him around the world and he has lived and worked in many countries, including Australia, France, Germany, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Panama, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. David is an authority on living, working, retiring and buying property abroad, and is the author, co-author or editor of over 20 titles, including the best-selling Living and Working in America, Australia, Britain, Canada, France, London, New Zealand, Spain and Switzerland. David lives in Bath, England with his partner Alexandria.
A complete list of David's books (sole author unless indicated) is shown below:
Buying a Home in Australia - co author
Buying a Home in France
Buying a Home in Italy
Buying a Home in Portugal
Buying a Home in Spain
Buying or Renting a Home in London - co-author
Buying or Renting a Home in Switzerland - co author
Buying Selling & Letting Property
Culture Wise America - co-author
Culture Wise Australia - co-author
Culture Wise England - co-author
Living and Working in America
Living and Working in Australia
Living and Working in Britain
Living and Working in Canada - co-author
Living and Working in France
Living and Working in London - co-author
Living and Working in New Zealand
Living and Working in Spain
Living and Working in Switzerland
Retiring in France
US Immigration Handbook - co-author

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1.0 out of 5 stars very negative and inaccurate 8 Dec 2005
I bought this book prior to emigrating to Australia as I thought that it would be helpful, especially following the rave reviews and accolades it has been given. However in going through the book I have a number of issues with it.
Firstly, I found the book to be really negative, and if I didn't know better, it would have put me off going there in the first place.
Secondly, we (my wife and I) have found our experiences to be quite different to those listed by the book. We found the book to be either just plain wrong (e.g. with renting accommodation - we didn't need any references!) or by stating the blindingly obvious, which seems to cover about 90% of the book (e.g. wear black to a funeral, dress smartly for job interviews, buy a bike of the correct size).
Whereas what we really needed was accurate information specific to Australia, not vague or general statements, and this book seriously fails to deliver on that front. Since we moved here, less than 4 weeks ago, we have consigned the book to the bookshelf, where it will be left to rot. My sister is also emigrating to Australia, and I am not even going to give her this book, as I have found it to be so useless.
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By Rob
I've read a couple of other books aimed at wannabe Oz migrants, and this one is by far the best. This book goes into detail, some of it is mind numbing detail, but could prove useful one day. Topics include visas, health, education, finance, sport, motoring and much much more.
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