Dave reviews the Xenophobe’s Guide series of short books looking at the traits that go to define the character of 30 different nationalities from the Albanians to the Welsh.
Dave reviews Quisqueya, Ginnie Bedggood’s account – at turns funny, candid and hard-hitting – of her first eight years as an expat in the Dominican Republic. Compulsory reading for any expat planning to move to a developing country!
“John Mole’s book is very much in the Mayle mould; he starts off with a similarly ramshackle property in a similar traditional rural community. If anything, though, Mole’s predicament is even further removed from the urban UK – even the UK of the late 1970s, when he and his family were contemplating their move.” Dave reviews John Mole’s account of his new life in rural Greece.
“Ever been driving along a motorway, seen a building, and wondered what it was? Wonder no more. Mike Jackson and his small team have trawled the lengths of three of Britain’s longest motorways to find out for you!” Dave reviews Mike Jackson’s innovative and lively Motorway Sights Guides.
“There’s plenty of evidence around to suggest that more people than ever before are seeking to earn their livelihoods in a country other than the one they’ve grown up in.” Dave reviews Canadian cross-cultural trainer Margaret Malewski’s guide to becoming an expat for young professionals: GenXpat.
“Don’t you just love Christmas? The feelings of guilt when that distant relative sends you a card and it’s too late to send them one? … The arguments in the kitchen as mother-in-law insists that you don’t baste a turkey that way? No? This could be the book for you, then.” Dave McMahon reviews a rib-busting collection of stories about other people’s Christmas disasters.