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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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2011 - Comedians - 384 pages
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
 

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User Review  - Fliss88 - www.librarything.com

This book kept popping up in magazine book reviews, everyone having great things to say about it, so I went with it and got myself a copy. I must admit, though I knew nothing of Anh Do before I began ... Read full review

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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

Contents

One
1
Two
12
Three
36
Four
66
Five
84
Six
90
Seven
96
Eight
158
Nine
187
Ten
259
Eleven
272
Twelve
310
In memory of my friend Dave Grant
329
Acknowledgements
332
Back Cover Material
334
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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!, #9 Spooky Weird!, #10 Messy Weird!, and #11 Splashy Weird! have all been bestsellers. His latest book is entitled Circus Time!. It is the third book in the Hotdog series.

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