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Top Ten Books for Expats in 2019

It’s that time of year again when we ask our friends at Expat Bookshop to round up some of the best titles written by, for, or about expats. In NO particular order, here is their top 10 for 2019 – books to inform and entertain, inspire and admire! 



#1 This Messy Mobile Life: How a Mola Can Help Globally Mobile Families Create a Life by Design

Mariam Navaid Ottimofiore
(Springtime Books)

Do your family dinners happen in more than one language? Celebrate Christmas and Eid? Do you and your family feel at home in more than one country? Ottimofiore created the Mola tool to help global families design and show their stories to the world. In South America, a “mola” is a shirt made from intricately stitched layers of patterns and cloth. Worn with pride, it represents who you are – inside and out – and it’s the perfect metaphor for globally mobile families living between cultures, countries, languages, nationalities, identities and homes, who find their story hard to articulate. 

Accessible, charming and honest.




#2 World Class: One Mother’s Journey Halfway Around the Globe in Search of the Best Education for Her Children

Teru Clavel
(Atria Books)

Teru shares her knowledge as an education consultant (advising globally minded families on a range of issues that include multiple language acquisition, school choice, and how to enrol their children in US universities), as well as personal anecdotes from her kids’ school experiences in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo. Plus tips on how to help our children excel in a competitive world.

An eye-opening combination of memoir and manual.




#3 The Summer House in Santorini

Samantha Parks
(One More Chapter)

Anna inherits a less-than-picturesque summer house on the island of Santorini from her estranged father. As she rebuilds the house, can she stop running – from a failed relationship, a dead-end career and a complicated family life – and rebuild her life? 

A perfect book for the beach or pool.






#4 I’m Moving

Sara Wallén
(Summertime Publishing)

Moving can be both scary and exciting for the whole family and it can bring up many feelings that children have never experienced before. Indeed, the success of a move is closely connected to how well prepared the whole family is.

A fantastic resource for younger kids and their parents.



#5 Step by Step

Simon Reeve
(Hodder Paperbacks)

In TV adventurer Simon Reeve’s bestselling memoir he describes how he has journeyed across epic landscapes, dodged bullets on frontlines, walked through minefields and been detained for spying by the KGB. His travels have taken him across jungles, deserts, mountains and oceans, and to some of the most beautiful, dangerous and remote regions of the world.

Brave and inspiring.






#6 Are We Nearly There Yet?

Lucy Vine

Alice decides to throw caution to the wind and jets off on a round-the-world adventure to #FindTheFun and find herself. Of course, she’s no more likely to find the answer to true happiness on the beach in Thailand than she is at the tanning salon in London, but at least in Thailand there’s paddleboard yoga. Can Alice find happiness on her travels? Or is she more likely to lose herself all over again?

Naughty but nice!




#7 Three Days in Florence: When a Mini-Break Becomes Make or Break

Chrissie Manby
(Hodder Paperbacks)

Kathy Courage has never visited the famous Italian city of Florence before, so she’s thrilled when she and her boyfriend Neil are invited there for a wedding. Unfortunately, with Neil’s constant complaining and his teenage children in tow, it’s not exactly the romantic break Kathy was hoping for. But when a mix-up with her flights leaves Kathy stranded in the city, she decides to embrace the unexpected and stay on alone. What follows is a life-changing few days in the Tuscan sun.

Sassy and addictive.



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#8 Insights and Interviews from the 2018 FIGT Conference: Diverse Voices Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of Globally Mobile Lives

(Summertime Publishing)

When a conference is as great as FIGT you want to remember all that you learned and were inspired by during the Keynotes, the Concurrents, the fast-paced Lightning Sessions and at the Kitchen Tables. It’s impossible to attend every session and for many it is impossible to attend every conference. This book, compiled by the Parfitt Pascoe Writing Residency team, will bring the event back to life complete with its experts, insights and conversations. This fifth book in the series deserves a place on your bookshelf.

The next best thing to attending a Families in Global Transition conference.




#9 How to Write and Self-Publish a Travel Guide (Book 3): Publish Your Book – Create Passive Income from your Travel Writing

Jay Artale
(Birds of a Feather Press)

There are many publishing paths, including trade published, full service and assisted self-publishing, but this guide focuses on doing as much of the production and publishing process yourself. Includes resource links to find freelancers or service providers who can help you when you encounter tasks you can’t do for yourself.

Well researched and thorough.





#10 Bucket To Greece Volume 3: A Comical Living Abroad Adventure

VD Bucket
(Independently Published)

The delightfully comic account of a British couple and their imported cats starting over in a new country continues in this third in the series.

Funny and charming.




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