“As an expat living in Spain for 14 years, this book resonates in a way that other accounts don’t. It speaks to the slices of life, good and bad, that people don’t think or talk about enough, when they envision living abroad and it hit home in a very powerful and real way.” Sam Mednick… Read More Great Reviews for #LivingTheDream
When Canadian Karen Patterson decided she needed an adventure, life took her to Beijing, China where she experienced such highs and lows she might as well have been on a rollercoaster. A woman with a knack for spotting a business idea a mile off, never too scared to take a risk, Karen was responsible for… Read More Jo Parfitt Reviews ‘Taking on China’ by Karen Patterson
Australian Louise Ross has lived abroad since the mid ‘80s and her current home is Portugal. Her book, Women Who Walk, shares interviews with 20 expatriate and immigrant women, about what led them to Portugal. The sequel, The Winding Road to Portugal shares interviews with 20 men. Read why Louise moved, what she has learnt through compiling these interviews… Read More Brightside Story Studio Interviews Author Louise Ross
Expat life stripped bare Edited by Carrie Frais Grief, loneliness, Brexit, motherhood, identity, belonging, single parenthood, rootlessness, drinking culture and integration are just some of the issues tackled in a series of powerful stories written by ten women on the challenges of expat life. In one of the first books of its kind, these women reveal… Read More #LivingTheDream
Jo and her partner Jan set off from their home in Prague to their summer home in Marbella at the beginning of March for their regular one week a month in the sun. They ended up being locked-down for 100 days. The whole of Europe watched in horror as the Covid-19 crisis unfolded, first in… Read More 100 Days in Spain by Jo Weaver
“I’m truly settled here and I’ve created a life that I’m very happy with. If anything I would like to ramp up my writing and communications, perhaps a book, but one thing leads to another and we don’t necessarily choose our itinerary through life. I just hope I’ll still be doing what I’m doing in… Read More Real-life Stories of Moving to Portugal
A Treasury of Ludicrous Attempts to Rescue Christmas by Bernadette Nason. Inspired by her mother’s attempts to create joyful traditions in tough times, and by Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Bernadette Nason has been forever striving to find the perfect Christmas, even though childhood memories haunt her. When she reads that her hometown of Winchester… Read More Stealing Baby Jesus
Louise Ross, author of The Winding Road to Portugal talks to Louise Wiles of Thriving Abroad about the rational for her book, how she approached gathering the stories and the themes that she drew from them.
“China had me rendered speechless that first day and for many months on. Then followed a gradual change in us, from feeling like aliens who’d just landed from Mars, right through the two and a half years, to a family who, while we would never truly blend in, felt like we kinda belonged. It was then… Read More How China Blonde Came to Be
Congratulations to Sarah Koblow, winner of the Lindsay de Feliz New Writer of Expat Award. Her memoir, Count Only Sunny Hours, will be published by Summertime Publishing in 2021.
“I highly recommend this book to anyone who has moved to or temporarily lived in a different country, who has a loved one or friend who has done so, or who themselves dreams of doing so. The stories illuminate the joys and challenges of that journey and provide much food for thought.” Terri Myers, Amazon… Read More Rave Reviews for The Winding Road to Portugal