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Book: But Can You Drink The Water? by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Book Review: But Can You Drink The Water? by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

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categories: Book, Humour, Humor, Emigration, Liverpool, South Africa, Expat, British Humour, Comedy, ABNA Contest, Funny Book, Humorous Fiction




Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Author Jan Hurst-Nicholsonabout this book: Would Shirley Valentine have coped better than Mavis Turner?

Emigration has been made easier with the advent of the internet, but in the 1970s moving from Liverpool to South Africa was a step into the unknown and Mavis Turner makes her displeasure clear by parroting "we never shoulda come" at every minor calamity. Much to her husband's dismay, their son also makes his own silent protest at being separated from his 'feral friends' on the housing estate.

The bewildered working-class scousers have to learn to cope with an alien world of servants, strange African customs, unintelligible accents, and unexpected wild life ('crocodiles' on the wall).

• "Droll, witty and utterly British. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well."

Publishers Weekly Review from the semi-finals of the 2010 ABNA contest.

• "Those Brits can be so humorous without even trying. Jan Hurst-Nicholson displays that humor in this well-written, delightful, and sneakily enlightening read."

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 But can you drink the water

It's just an honest-to-goodness account of a family that moved from the UK to Africa. A thoroughly pleasant read written by a natural story teller with a sense of humour whose obviously experienced it. [by James Clarke]


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