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Publisher's Summary

The laugh-out-loud, reach-for-your-hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians.

Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.

Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of backbreaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother, Khoa, and their sister, Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was 13 - they felt his loss very deeply, and their mother struggled to support the family on her own.

His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh, and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university. Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour-a-week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four', the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian!

The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who hear it.

©2010 Anh Do (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Angela
  • 08-18-17

Amazing

What did you like most about The Happiest Refugee?

Anh's positivity throughout his life experience

What other book might you compare The Happiest Refugee to, and why?

none that I have read

What about Anh Do’s performance did you like?

everything! he tells the story so well

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the whole story was very moving and emotional

Any additional comments?

This is by far one of the best audiobooks I have ever listened to. Ahn does a great job narrating the story of his life. He truly is an inspiration

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-05-18

Wow!

This is an amazing book. One minute I was crying, the next laughing. Beautifully written and told.
A must read!!!

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  • Kim
  • 01-24-18

Brilliant

Thank you Anh Do for sharing. A wonderful journey of your life. It was truly uplifting and inspirational. I will be a better person from this.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-16-18

Inspirational

Loved this book. Love Anh. So many snippets of wisdom - I have great admiration for his family.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-13-18

An amazing story of strength and courage

Ahn has a very easy to listen to voice. I cried and laughed throughout this book. The experience of his families trip to Australia was truly incredible. Ahn is a very gentle and loving sounding man. I also loved the stories of the blending of his families with his wife. A very special story and I would highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-01-18

fantastic read. awsome book and trully amazing

amazing person ahn do. trully amazing read. big thanka for writting a wounderful book ahn

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  • Nicole Tucker
  • 12-29-17

To laugh and cry at the same time

Wow! Arn Do thank you for writing such a beautiful and inspiring true story. I loved listening to your narration and how your childhood and family upbringing shaped you to be the humble, kind, caring, loving creature you are today. Thank you for allowing people the insight into your life. A fabulous story.

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  • Caren
  • 12-29-17

Great book

Enjoyed this immensely - funny and enlightening on how it was hard to migrate to another country and that his family embraced the Australian ways!

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  • Shona
  • 12-27-17

Brilliant...the story is one of pure determination

Would you listen to The Happiest Refugee again? Why?

Maybe.. It is a great story

What did you like best about this story?

How Anh retold the stories of his family with respect and honesty

Which scene did you most enjoy?

So many great stories it is to hard to pick just one

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The story of determination and grit

Any additional comments?

A story Australians should listen to.

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  • Shiralee
  • 12-27-17

Hearing Anh tell his story made me smile again

I read the book a few years ago but hearing Anh tell his own story made me laugh, smile and think all over again. in his own father's words ... there are only 2 times, now and too late.