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Expat Life Slice By Slice by [Gidley, Apple]
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Starting her expatriate life in Nigeria at a month old, Apple has relocated 26 times through 12 countries. Her roles, as well as wife and mother, have include editing a magazine for an international charity, selling dive equipment and springing Distressed British Nationals from goal. An Anglo-Australian, known to many through her popular blog as ExpatApple, she believes to be a true global nomad we have to be actively engaged in wherever we call home, for the moment.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 909 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Summertime Publishing (13 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007K9CO30
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #717,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I must admit that this book appealed to me on more than one level. On the first level I hoped that it would provide for my enjoyment of `stay-at-home travel guide', the genre of book that allows us a glimpse into the life of those who live abroad. On the second level I hoped it might give me a glimpse of my mother, as she too had been an `expat brat', born and brought up in India just before the 2nd World War. I was richly rewarded in both cases. Apple's book is a wonderful sensory delight, opening our eyes, ears and noses to the very different communities and cultures she finds herself in over the years. The humour and insight she brings to the journey she shares with the reader is a highlight of the book. I'd highly recommend this book to every reader.
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Apple Gidley has written a book that made my jaw drop.

I thought that our move to Spain, the cultural differences we encountered, the struggles we've had with legal issues, the problems of living lives as part-time partners - well, I thought them momentous, and I have probably been more than a little self-congratulatory in our ability to come through it all.

Apple puts me to such shame that I might never be able to write again!

Born in 1958, the same year as myself, to an english father and an australian mother, her expat wanderings began at the tender age of one month. Pretty good, huh, for someone who couldn't even crawl yet? (Well, I assume not, but I could be persuaded otherwise, having read of all her other amazing achievements).

Apple has gone on to move 26 times and has lived in 12 different countries (from Africa to Australasia and Melanesia, Europe to the Caribbean and America). She talks from a wealth of experience about being an expat child, an expat wife, an expat mother and now an expat grandmother.

The depth of subjects covered has left me astounded, awed, maybe jealous and certainly full of admiration. Apple speaks of the joy and heartache of loving and leaving (or losing) pets, including her pet monkey, Munnings. Of the problems faced by a nomadic child who must constantly make new friends in different places, different manners, with different religions, different languages. Of finding a constant in her boarding school but then encountering difficulties in going home to ever-changing locations for school holidays. Of living a single life, even within a partnership, and then frequently being a single mother.
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This book is quite simply the best I've read on the reality of expat life. Written by someone who has real authority (child of expats who's moved 26 times through 12 countries over 50 years) Apple blends a heady mix of memoir and sage advice without being stilted or patronising. She brings Asia, Africa and America alive with wonderfully descriptive narrative. She is a gifted writer who pulls you in with wit, humour and self-awareness. She deals with the highs, lows, challenges and sometimes sadness of a nomadic lifestyle which will resonate with many, whether you're moving fifty miles down the road or thousands of miles around the globe.
If you love travel books you'll love this.
If you're a first time expat buy this and you'll never need another resource. Even seasoned expats will learn something new.
If you only buy one book on expat life, make sure it's this one.
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Simply put, this is one of the very best expat memoirs I've read (and I've read MANY). Rather than simply relaying her life story in chronological order, this Adult Third Culture Kid, parent and now grandparent to TCKs has achieved the trifecta of good writing, good storytelling and making us care. Apple Gidley shows rather than tells, has a great ear for dialogue, touches on a wide range of issues across the human condition, emphasizes what brings us together, and more so than most, is able to put her life/expat experiences into meaningful perspective. This sweeping saga of multi-generational expatriate life is a ROMPING GOOD READ.
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