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The bestselling, laugh-out-loud, reach for your hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians - now in hard cover gift edition. 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 a country where freedom existed. 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 thirteen - 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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The hapiest refugee
July 2nd, 2015
Fantastic easy reading, didnt want it to end, very funny just like Ahn Do... cant wait for the movie
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An absolute must read
June 20th, 2015
This book would have to be in my top 5. It should be a staple in the school curriculum. It is an amazing book.
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Never give up
April 1st, 2015
Anh Do's story is one of courage , love and joy. The book is an inspiration to us on how to approach life. From the nightmare of communist Vietnam, the high seas, then the strange new land, Anh and his family go though hardships with courage and never give up. We can be thankful our numbers are bolstered by people of his ilk. And he is funny too. I thoroughly recommend this book to lift your spirits.
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Happiest Refugee
January 3rd, 2015
Absolutely brilliant. ..............................................................................
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The happiest refugee0
October 18th, 2014
Very moving and an insperation to us all what a story Of hardship and persistance but more particulary love,his Mum had so much love and determination and of course the will to make a good life for her children, all of this was what helped Anh to form his wonderful atitude
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Review The Happiest Refugee
July 8th, 2014
Very inspiring, well told & down-to-earth story of incredible events
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Inspirational Story
July 6th, 2014
What a truly inspirational story. Makes me realise how lucky I am to have been born in Australia. I was especially impressed by Anh's attitude of thankfulness for the opportunity of living in Australia and his never ending quest to give something back to this country that had given him that chance.
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The happiest refugee by Ahn Do
May 10th, 2014
Such a heart wrenching story full of love and laughter. Lots of tears n laughs make for a great read.
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Funny, heartwarming & inspirational!
January 20th, 2014
What an amazing book - I have honestly never enjoyed reading a book so much :) I could barely read the last two pages from the tears in my eyes :) Definitely worth a read!!!
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September 28th, 2013
Very good book funny and raw a good read
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The happiest refugee
July 1st, 2013
Brilliant, great read.
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A must read book!
May 18th, 2013
This book is truly remarkable! It blends humour with true grit and Ahn Do shows himself to be not just a funny or talented man but gifted storyteller with a story that NEEDS to be heard! Forget the citizenship test all current citizens and new arrivals to Aus should read this!
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