Living Elsewhere

Living Elsewhere
Editions:Paperback: £ 9.99 GBP
ISBN: 9781999732325
Pages: 114

Because a life overseas can be tough and, well, sometimes you just have to laugh

Cath Brew

We’ve all experienced that surreal situation when you don’t know whether to laugh or to cry. Sometimes you do both!

Living away from the place you once called ‘home’ can be exciting, stressful and disorientating—often all at once. Culture shock and homesickness can hit hard exacerbating feelings of displacement and leaving you feeling angry and resentful towards your new location. At times like this, laughter is often the best medicine.

Australian Cath Brew has travelled abroad for most of her life and though now settled in the UK, she has learned to cope with her own challenging emotions by drawing. In this delightful book she shares 100 cartoons of her life and the lives of others, which have helped her to see the funny side of a weird and wonderful life on the move.

Publisher: Springtime Books
Reviews:Alison Cavatore, Founder of Global Living Magazine wrote:

Hilariously relatable and sentimental cartoons that will pull at your heartstrings by invoking laughter and emotional connectedness; perfect for anyone who knows the challenges of expat living.

Kristine Racina, Director of the Expatriate Archive Centre wrote:

Mobile life is full of ups and downs. It’s our ability to see the humour in those embarrassing, unknown and sometimes painful situations that makes our days a little bit lighter and helps to deal with whatever comes next.

Rachel Yates, The Expat LifeLine wrote:

Sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious but always familiar, Cath's evocative, thought-provoking drawings beautifully capture the realities of expatriate life. The perfect book for anyone who struggles to answer the question where are you from?

Author: Cath Brew

Cath is an Australian artist and heritage interpreter who specialises in cemeteries and sacred landscapes. She was brought up with a love of global travel from a young age. These travelling experiences opened her eyes to the diversity of culture and people and laid down the foundations of her career in the heritage field. Cath’s work as the Cemeteries Conservation Officer for the National Trust of Australia (NSW) in Sydney, provided an opportunity to see the full gamut of human mortality and she gained further insight into the importance of culture, family and the sense of home. Cath has drawn for as long as she can remember and is rarely without her drawing book and pencil. Her work has featured on corporate Christmas cards, clothing, a book and promotional materials for various businesses, but she loves nothing more than sitting in a coffee shop sketching her immediate surroundings. Whether it’s a cup and saucer or a family chatting at a nearby table, a holiday is not complete without café sketching! Whilst her drawing materials are the first thing she packs in a holiday bag, it’s the experience of living outside of her home country that has birthed this book – a process of exploring complex thoughts and feelings about identity, community and personal well-being. Cath is married and lives in Dorset with her wife and their elderly deaf dog, Ozzie.