Laughter is the best medicine – especially for expats…

On 5 October 2012 Summertime Publishing will officially be launching Forced to Fly: an anthology of writings that will make you see the funny side of living abroad (2ND EDITION).

This anthology of both published and un-published writers who live abroad helps those in transition to see the funny side, while offering practical help and resources.

FORCED TO FLY – 2nd Edition Edited by Jo Parfitt and written by Expatriates Everywhere

“Delightfully relevant. A cleverly crafted collection of expatriate stories and advice, including the good, the bad and the hilarious side of international living. Perfect for global nomads looking to feel connected through shared experiences.” – Alison Cavatore, Founder, CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Global Living Magazine – www.globallivingmagazine

Everyone knows that laughter is the best medicine, but Forced to Fly is more than a collection of funny stories about the seeing the funny side of the day to day blunders we all make. It is packed with stories that resonate with anyone who has lived abroad Its opening chapters, written by experts, counsellors and real-life expats who have struggled with culture shock, will provide support and advice to guide you through any dark patches.

When the first edition came out I had no idea that it would find its way into corporate goodie bags for relocating employees, nor that people would call me up, saying, “Help, my daughter-in-law has just moved to Dubai and is not doing so well. Can you send her a book, please?”

In this second edition, we have added a chapter on emotional resilience in addition to more than 20 new stories for you to enjoy from new writers such as Jack Scott, whose memoir, Perking the Pansies, has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and the hilarious Debbie Fletcher, author of Bitten by Spain. Blogger contributors AdventuresInExpatland, DisparateHuisvrouw, WordGeyser and IWasAnExpatWife make this a thoroughly modern version of an old favourite.


Publication date OCTOBER 5TH 2012

Price £9.99/€12/$15.75

Summertime Publishing

ISBN 978-1904881416 (print); ISBN 978-1-909193093 (kindle)

298 pp, paperback


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


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