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

Front Cover
ReadHowYouWant/Accessible, 2011 - Comedians - 384 pages
33 Reviews
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

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

This book is easy to read. - Goodreads
Giving an insight that's as relevant today as ever. - Goodreads
B Owen Baxter is a writer, musician and bookseller. - Books+Publishing

Review: The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

User Review  - Chris Butt - Goodreads

Really enjoyed this collection of tales from an Australian icon. His stories are an interesting perspective of the lives of refugees from their own point of view. Giving an insight that's as relevant ... Read full review

Review: The Happiest Refugee: A Memoir

User Review  - Angela - Goodreads

This was a nice, pleasant read. The Happiest Refugee details Anh Do's journey from a poverty-stricken child in Vietnam to a man considered one of Australia's friendliest comedians. The main players in ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

Bibliographic information