When Jays husband lands a diplomatic job in Warsaw, she jumps at the opportunity to escape her predictable life in Canberra for a three-year adventure in the heart of central Europe.Jay shelves her corporate wardrobe and throws herself into life as a diplomatic wife. Between glamorous cocktail parties and ambassadorial shenanigans, Jay sets out to get to know quirky, difficult, fascinating Poland, with its impenetrable language and sometimes unfathomable customs.Its a challenge even for an intrepid traveller with a willing heart. Not to mention a marriage that increasingly doesnt look as if it will survive its third Polish winter....
|Title||:||Vodka and Apple Juice|
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Vodka and Apple Juice Reviews
She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years.
Straight away not my kind of person.
Despite the dark moments when the marriage is under grave strain, this is a hugely enjoyable memoir of embassy life and an illuminating insight into Polish culture.
Recommended for expats, tourists and anyone who enjoys a good chuckle.
PS This MS was the first creative non-fiction manuscript to win the TAG Hungerford Award.
To see my review please visit https://anzlitlovers.com/2018/06/29/v...
Poland is a country I have never visited but, having a number of Polish friends, and having partaken of the odd Vodka and Apple Juice or two, I was keen to read this.
Martin's style of writing is not one that encourages thigh-slapping merriment but it is an engaging and honest account of her life in Poland and .the characters she meets. My one regret from my reading is that I am now totally convinced I will never be able to learn the language but, adversely, I am more than ever determined to make ...more
This is a solid 5 star read! Not in the sense of a generational lifetime classic, but certainly in the sense of a very well-written book about a situation most do not experience and how this author gets through it and comes out the other side. As someone who has considered moving to another country, albeit not in the diplomatic corps, I found Martin's tale to be entertaining, enlightening, and at times frightening and frustrating. Highly recommended. My thanks to the publisher and to #NetGalley ...more
Well written memoir. Being born in Poland it was very nice to read about my home country. Entertaining and lightly humorous, it was hard to put down.
Moving to Poland for 3 years from Australia, this memoir shows all the struggles and victories of a wife of a diplomat.
*I received a galley from NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Jay Martin’s Vodka and Apple Juice is more than just the author’s account as a diplomat’s non working wife in the Australian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland over a period of three years. While she recounts for us what it means to work in diplomatic circles: the punishing hours, the endless protocol and security snares juxtaposed with social events; there are the perks of getting travel opportunities but bringing with it, the after effects on ...more