The Happiest Refugee: The Extraordinary True Story of a Boy's Journey from Starvation at Sea to Becoming One of Australia's Best-loved Comedians

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Allen & Unwin, 2010 - Comedians - 229 pages
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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. This book 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.
 

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User Review  - Neale - LibraryThing

Highly recommend. This book has it all, humour, drama, intrigue, family secrets and running jokes throughout. Plus its all true. Anh is a nice guy and a great comedian and he writes well. I didn't ... Read full review

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User Review  - DaptoLibrary - LibraryThing

What a great book to start the year with! Anh Do’s infectious optimism throughout this memoir put us all at our happiest. We loved his positive nature and willingness to see the funny side of such an ... Read full review

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Contents

Chapter One
1
Chapter Two
9
Chapter Three
27
Chapter Four
49
Chapter Five
63
Chapter Six
69
Chapter Seven
75
Chapter Eight
111
Chapter Nine
133
Chapter Ten
179
Chapter Eleven
189
Chapter Twelve
217
In Memory of my friend Dave Grant
230
Acknowledgements
232
Back cover
233
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About the author (2010)

Anh Do was born in Vietnam on June 2, 1977. He and family were Vietnamese refugees. They moved from his homeland to a refugee camp in Malaysia and then to Australia. He is a graduate of the University of Technology Sydney in Business Law. He is an actor and stand-up comedian. His work includes the Australian TV shows Thank God You're Here, Good News Week, and Dancing with the Stars in 2007. He co-wrote and produced Footy legends along with his brother Khoa Do. He is the author of The Happiest Refugee. His awards included 2011 Australian Book of the Year, Biography of the Year, Newcomer of the Year, Indie Book of the Year Award 2011, and Non-fiction Indie Book of the Year 2011. He is the author of the popular children's book series entitled WeirDo. WeirDo #6 Crazy Weird, #7 Mega Weird, #8 Really Weird!, and #9 Spooky Weird!, have all been bestsellers. His latest book is entitled Hotdog. It is the first book in the new Hotdog series.

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