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The Sensible Girl's Guide to Emigrating Elegantly [Paperback]

Sally Corner
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Book Description

15 Feb 2010
Hundreds of thousands of people leave the UK every year for a new life overseas, and women in their 20s and 30s are one of the biggest groups among them. In this book, Sally Corner passes on tips and advice for women on the move, based on her own experience moving from London to Perth, the most remote city on earth. The book isn't country-specific, but aims to instill confidence in readers, whilst encouraging and amusing them with checklists, quizzes, questionnaires, and illustrations - making emigration far more accessible to the average 'Sensible Girl' living in the UK. Rather than simply focussing on the practicalities of emigration, The Sensible Girl's Guide to Emigrating Elegantly concentrates on the highly emotional mental journey that women experience when starting a new life overseas. The book is divided into two sections, 'before' and 'after' emigrating. The first few chapters are dedicated to working out whether the reader actually wants to emigrate. Then the reader is gently guided through the whole physical and emotional emigration experience both in the UK and in their newly chosen country.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (15 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408121751
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408121757
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'We couldn't resist this fabulous guide to emigrating...5 stars'
--Company Magazine (May 2010)

a 'rollicking good read'

About the Author

Prior to her own 'escape' to Western Australia, Sally Corner spent eight years working as a senior publicist for a leading film publicity company based in London (Premier PR). Since moving to Australia, she has had a range of jobs including arts festival publicist, swimming instructor and vintage clothing shop assistant. She now works for a local TV station.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Sara
This book is fantastic! It's well-written, intelligent, funny and most importantly it contains loads of useful information and top tips. The format is quirky with tick boxes, lists, quizzes and great little illustrations.

Although the author has emigrated from the UK to Australia the book tries hard not to be country-specific so will be relevant to anyone thinking of leaving the UK, no matter where you're going.

Whether you're leaving in a few weeks or just starting to entertain the idea of emigrating this book will give you loads of support and good ideas. It makes a nice change from all the other emigration books which, although useful, can be quite dry and dull at times.

Whilst reading it I found myself alternately laughing out loud and pulling out my notebook to add things the author had suggested to my 'to do' list. She brought a lot of things I hadn't even considered to my attention too which was great.

I really can't recommend this book enough - definitely money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Mel Mo
This book has only arrived at my door today and i am already loving it, so much so that i wanted to post something right now. I have been planning to move to Oz for a while now, and we have recently put a date to our plans. I was starting to feel stressed and not really knowing why, it should be a happy time once the planning starts surely. Well yes it is but after reading the 1st few chapters I already understand why I have been feeling a little stressed about moving and its great to hear that its normal. This book gives some great insight into why us girls can get emotional about the move, even though its not going to be next week. If you are thinking of leaving your mother land or have made the decision and need help and support with this, this book is amazing, especially when people around you cant quite understand how you are feeling.
I would like to say a massive thank you to Sally for putting pen to paper and taking some of the stress away in the first few pages alone. Would i recommend this book, yes i recommend you don't leave the country without getting this book. I have never felt more understood when it comes the emotions running through my mind in planning a big move. I cant wait to get further into the book and can now see what i need to do to get my head around it.
Other than the emotional side of things this book also has some great hints and tips of what we need to plan for, and how to get the most of the much needed planning. i am a girl that loves a list and Sally seems to have that all sorted too.
A book that will hopefully help us be practical and allow us to be a little girly too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 9 May 2010
This is an inspiring book for anyone thinking about emigrating. This book takes you through the emotional journey as well as the practicalities of emigrating, in a witty and accessible way. From the beginning of the book Sally Corner asks the reader to question why they want to emigrate in the first place to find out if it really is for them. She then guides the reader through the highs, lows, pitfalls and joys of emigrating, accompanied by wonderful illustrations. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in emigrating or making big changes in their lives.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More for the under 25's 29 May 2014
By Harry
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This is clearly written for the under 25's.Some advice is impractical ( such as opening a bank account in your chosen country before moving) but there are a couple of good points and a few jokes. It is very concentrated on the presumption that people only want to emigrate somewhere hot with a beach and that the reader is looking at emigrating as an extended holiday, but then does a u - turn into the practical reasons to consider, then u-turns again to the sunny beach idea. It's not funny enough to purchase full price for own use but as something to leave on the coffee table as a hint for someone under 25 who is a bit lost it could help them find a path.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A useful read. 13 Feb 2014
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Have just done the first part of visa application for Australia. This book has reassured me that I'm doing the right thing for my family. Costs worry me a little but we 'll find a way. A great read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not as useful as I had hoped 27 Jan 2014
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We are planning to emigrate to Australia, and I am keen to find a go-to reference that will give me a good overview, and which I can dip in and out of. This book wasn't it. It's amusing, but a bit too general for me. I think I wanted something more factual and helpful, and I found this an interesting read, but it didn't tell me anything I hadn't read elsewhere, and the format doesn't lend itself to be a really useful reference.
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I've emigrated twice now, and I still found this an incredibly informative book. What the author does is look at the basic journey arc that occurs with all emigrations, to any country, and goes through it in step-by-step detail, from first impulses to a post-emigration evaluation twelve months after arrival. This gives the reader an overall format to hold their own emigration plans against, and flag up some issues that they may not have considered. It also looks rather in-depth at the various emotional issues that are connected with emigration, including stress, tears, and homesickness. Homesickness is the most common reason why emigrations fail, so it's worth considering!

It's pitched at women, but nearly all of this arc applies to men as well. It mostly favours younger women without families, but references are made to mothers and older women at times. It regularly mentions partners (boyfriend, husband etc.)and the complications that can arise with them, such as they're the one who wants to emigrate when you don't, or you get on each other's nerves once you're there, or other issues.

There's a few pages of author's memoir at the beginning, middle and end of the book, but primarily it's written to the reader about the reader's own emigration, in the second person. Lots of charming little illustrations of a dark-haired girl trying to look elegant in all undignified circumstances are on almost every page.

And yes, it's written with immense wit; and highlights all the undignified circumstances that an emigrating girl is likely to encounter. Great fun to read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
So funny, very well written and all the informations are just what I wanted minus the boring part. Even reading about pet insurance was entertaining. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading
Would recommend this to any sensible girl considering emigrating - many points to think about. Doesn't go into too much detail ( which would only bog you down) but recommends where... Read more
Published 12 months ago by lesleye
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if your uncertain about the move overseas.
am 75% through the process of moving overseas. This book has made me laugh as have experienced the angst discussed while trying to make the decisions and move forward with my... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Helen Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great checklist!
I brought this for a friend and she has said she is really enjoying it. It has a check list which made her think of items she hadn't even thought of, so that's good.
Published 15 months ago by M. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the big move
This book is brilliant. Informative but written in a way that you don't feel snowed under. The author has a fantastic sense of humour and I felt that I could empathize with... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lydia G
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous guide to planning your elegant exit to your new life :)
I recently purchased this book as I have been planning my recce to the Middle East, where I plan to move to next year. Read more
Published 22 months ago by fiouk
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read and re-read!
I sat down and read this in one sitting but have dipped into all the sections again, this book manages to be laugh out loud funny but also quite thought provoking and packed with... Read more
Published 23 months ago by M. JASPER
4.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas for those considering move
Had funny start then the reality of things came in the main body of the book. Had some Interesting pointers which I had not considered and helped me and my family make a final... Read more
Published on 14 July 2012 by Jo
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect leaving gift!!
I got this for my friend who emigrated to Australia in Feb 2012. She was very pleased with it and wondered how she hadn't come across it herself! Read more
Published on 14 April 2012 by Hannah
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