Keep Calm and Carry Vegemite
Embrace change and lose your sanity
When Allison Rushby’s family, including two small children, decide to make their way halfway across the world to live in Cambridge for a year, many a mother tells her she is ‘awfully brave’ (read: crazy). Leaving behind a tried and tested, scheduled world of swimming lessons, lunchbox packing and her school gate tribe, she joins the many women before her who have penned a travel memoir.
And quickly finds out why they are all single and childless.
Over her year abroad, she struggles to embrace change and make the most of a new and different life, learning all she has to lose is thousands of dollars and her sanity.
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Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby instead began a writing career as a journalism student at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. Within a few months she had slunk sideways into studying Russian. By the end of her degree she had learned two very important things: that she wasn’t going to be a journalist; and that there are hundreds of types of vodka and they’re all pretty good. After several years …