Please recommend
   using these social sharing buttons:




  book details  


  books by Jan Hurst-Nicholson  



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

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

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."

preview: read a sample from this book

what to read next: if you read and liked this book...

Learn more about this book

Other books by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

With the Headmaster\'s Approval by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
The Race (an inspiring story for left-handers) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
I Made These Up (short stories for the fireside) by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
Mystery at Ocean Drive by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
The Breadwinners by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

 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]

 read reviews on or submit your own review 

This book on





More Reviews

   • Book Review: The Breadwinners by Jan Hurst-Nicholson
   • Book Review: Mystery at Ocean Drive by Jan Hurst-Nicholson

  show list of all published reviews | subscribe to the feed

Home | Contact | Legal Notice | Impressum Book Promotion | Do you like | Boost Your Karma

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates.