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Interview with Annabel Kantaria, Author of Coming Home

Posted by: Carole on Friday August 28, 2015 (11:11:36)
Expat Focus talks to Annabel Kantaria a British journalist and author living in Dubai.

In 2013, she won the inaugural Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Her work caught the critical eye of top London agent Luigi Bonomi and Annabel went on to secure a three-book contract with Harlequin’s MIRA. Her debut novel, Coming Home (MIRA, May 2015), is the reworked version of the prize-winning manuscript.   more ...


Interview with Stephen Clarke - Author of A Year In The Merde and How the French Won Waterloo (Or Think They Did)

Posted by: Carole on Tuesday August 25, 2015 (10:27:34)
Expat Focus talks to Stephen Clarke author of his hilarious novel "A Year In The Merde", and "How the French Won Waterloo - or Think They Did".

Stephen lives in Paris, where he divides his time between writing and not writing. His first novel, A Year in the Merde, originally became a word-of-mouth hit in 2004, and is now published all over the world. Since then he has published three more bestselling Merde novels, as well as Talk to the Snail, an indispensable guide to understanding the French.   more ...


Review - Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure

Posted by: scar on Thursday August 13, 2015 (11:26:09)
Just Go! by Skip & Gabi Yetter
It is no coincidence that many expats are self-employed. There is something about the decision to take a leap into the unknown, whether it be to a new country or via a drastic change of professional life, that seems tempting to some and terrifying to others.

Skip and Gabi Yetter’s recent release, Just Go! Leave the Treadmill for a World of Adventure, caters to those expats who decided to make the leap both in terms of career and country changes.   more ...


Review - Foreigner In Charge

Posted by: scar on Tuesday August 11, 2015 (10:29:33)
Foreigner In Charge by Padraig O'Sullivan
Foreigner In Charge is the first book in a series that will focus on various expat destinations. This one looks at Australia - one of the most popular expat choices - and the challenges and opportunities faced by managers who move there to further their careers.

One of the best things about the book is its realistic outlook. Right from the start, it explains that the expat life isn't for everyone, and that not all managers will enjoy working in Australia specifically.   more ...


Review – The Expats

Posted by: scar on Wednesday August 05, 2015 (07:31:14)
The Expats by Chris Pavone
When you're moving to a new country, it is often advisable to read up as much as you can before you arrive. Of course there are the logistics of moving, such as healthcare, visas and employment to consider; but arguably of equal importance is an idea of how you will fit in to the culture.

There are many expat books out there. But what if you're not the kind of person who enjoys reading through guidebooks and immersing yourself in the dry facts?   more ...

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Review – The Devil Wears Clogs

Posted by: scar on Saturday August 01, 2015 (10:28:05)
The Devil Wears Clogs by Jennifer Burge
Jennifer Burge is an American expat who has lived in a variety of European countries. Her memoir, The Devil Wears Clogs, predominantly focuses on her time in the Netherlands as a new expat trying to fit in with a culture that was very different from what she'd been used to before.   more ...


From Latecomers to Late-bloomers

Posted by: Carole on Thursday October 30, 2014 (13:56:38)
Expat Focus interviews Raymond Yung about his personal development book 'From Latecomers to Late-bloomers'.

Raymond, please tell us about yourself.

I’ve been living in London since 2004, but I was born and raised in Hong Kong. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong with a degree in Chemistry, I went on to pursue a Masters’ degree in Computer Science at Queens College, City University of New York and subsequently obtained an MBA at Stern Business School, New York University. I worked in IT and finance in New York before moving to London as a financial analyst.   more ...


My Father, The Assassin

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday March 05, 2014 (23:47:21)
Expat Focus talks to June Finnigan about her first novel ‘My Father, The Assassin’ - the first of a trilogy. June writes her stories in a villa overlooking the Chianti hills in Tuscany, with Barty her grey tiger cat curled upon her lap or purring close by.

June, please tell us a little about yourself.

My mother was the daughter of wealthy middle class parents and my father was a Romany Gypsy. They married, despite all objections from my maternal grandparents and as anticipated, the union turned out to be a horrible mismatch. I was conceived in a Devon field and born the following June 1951 in the local midwife’s cottage next to Exmouth railway station.   more ...


Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?

Posted by: Carole on Thursday February 27, 2014 (23:04:54)
Expat Focus talks to Alan Parks about his memoir "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" a frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything when they move to Spain to breed alpacas.

Alan, please tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Alan Parks, and I originally come from the south coast of the UK, where I used live in a town called Peacehaven, just outside Brighton. I moved, with my partner Lorna to rural Andalucia, Spain, close to the city of Cordoba in 2008 after Lorna became ill with Sarcoidosis.   more ...


Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday February 12, 2014 (18:35:39)
Expat Focus talks to Melissa Dalton-Bradford about her Memoir - Global Mom: Eight Countries, Sixteen Addresses, Five Languages, One Family—a Memoir about her fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

Melissa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an American by birth and by passport, but like many of your readers, I’m a good solid Citizen of the World. I was raised primarily in the great American west by parents who had studied and worked in Germany, spoke fluent German, and subsequently kept their secrets from us in German. We cracked that code, there were no more secrets, and my passion for languages (and discovering the world) was ignited.   more ...

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