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#LivingTheDream: Expat life stripped bare - 10 women share the emotional and practical realities of life away from 'home'

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 some of the emotional upheavals and struggles that go hand-in-hand with moving away from their native ‘home’, which have, until now, remained largely untold.


  1. Calling ‘Time’ on Drinking Culture - Adrienne Walder, Mid Levels (Hong Kong)
  2. Exercise Caution in Your Business Affairs - Deborah Gray, Barcelona (Spain)
  3. Married Plus Four, a Trail Between Four Countries - Avivit Delgoshen, London (UK) 
  4. Bremain in Spain: a Brexit Legacy - Sue Wilson, Valencia (Spain)
  5. Poms in Thongs: an Aussie Culture Shock - Annabel Cotton, Sydney (Australia)
  6. Restlessness, Rootlessness & Resilience - Morag Makey, Matapouri (New Zealand)
  7. Two-dimensional Dreams Versus 3D reality:Friendships & Loneliness in Rural Italy - Elizabeth Heath, Umbria (Italy) 
  8. Grief, Emotional Baggage & Belonging(s) - Carrie Frais, Barcelona (Spain)
  9. From China to the Southern French Alps:a Single Mom's Adoption Story - Pippa Curtis, Briançon (France)
  10. Identity: Becoming Me (Again) - Jane Mitchell, Barcelona (Spain) 

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"Most of us wonder what it must be like to leave our rainy isle for life in more exotic climates; so this is a fascinating book. These true-life tales reveal what life is like behind the rose-tinted (sun)glasses. Warts and all. Ten women tell their stories of love, loss, struggle and success. You can only admire their openness and honesty. It made me want to meet all of them over a long, sun-soaked lunch somewhere, to hear more! A great lockdown read."
"As we grow older, we realize that there are so many people who share our pain & journey, but we don't always get to see what their journey has been like. This book reveals the real lives, stories, pain, joy, and hardships of 10 unique women in different countries.

As an expat myself, I was nodding and feeling all the feels while reading some of the stories as well as learning how other brave souls have managed to turn their lives around in a foreign environment. But the waves of each story rise & fall differently.

If you're not an expat, and think the life is always better on the other side - well, this will give you real insight into the highs and lows of a "lucky" life away from home.

The only downside I would say - is that I wish the stories were longer and that I could understand the lives of some of the women in more detail!"