According to the 2011 HSBC Expat Explorer survey, the average expat lives in a country for five years and those who are happiest remain at least 10 years. Apple Gidley, 53, an Anglo-Australian now living in Houston, Texas, has moved 26 times within 12 countries throughout her life. The Telegraph’s blogger known as ExpatApple shares how she has remained positive in this candid memoir.


“In a world where definitions of belonging and home are changing, Apple shows us it is possible to live with joy in these new ways.”– Ruth E. Van Reken, Letters Never Sent, co-author, Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, co-founder, Families in Global Transition

From marauding monkeys to strange men in her bedroom, from Africa to Australasia to America, with stops in Melanesia, the Caribbean and Europe along the way, Apple Gidley vividly sketches her itinerant global life. The challenges of expatriation, whether finding a home, a job, or a school are faced mostly with equanimity. Touched with humour and pathos, places come alive with stories of people met and cultures learned, with a few foreign faux pas added to the mix.

A regular speaker at the Families in Global Transition conference, Gidley has realised “from listening to people that sometimes we delve too deeply into the whys and wherefores, and miss the moment”. ” Sometimes we really do just have to go with the flow and see where it takes us,” advises Gidley, who always manages to come up smiling despite the current crisis.

Gidley is a pragmatist who believes “that the adventure is nine times out of ten worth the odd moments of angst.  That life as an accompanying spouse can be incredibly satisfying and fulfilling.  That children really are very resilient, and invariably take their cue from the parents, particularly when they are young. And I suppose that our lives are short and precious and we have to make the most of them, to remain curious, wherever we happen to be living.”


For interviews with the author and to arrange review copies, images and excerpts of the book, please contact the publisher, Jo Parfitt, at or author, Apple Gidley at



Publication date MARCH 25TH 2012

Price £11.99/€12.99/$15.99

Summertime Publishing

ISBN 978-1-904881-71-1 (print); ISBN 978-1-904881-72-8 (kindle)

314 pp, paperback





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