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Vodka & Apple Juice

Book cover for Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin

Vodka & Apple Juice

Author: Jay Martin

Publisher: Fremantle Press

Published: September 2018

Jay Martin’s memoir takes us from her ordinary life as a senior public servant in Canberra to her experiences as a diplomat’s wife in Poland. Although Jay throws herself into her new life with vigour, learning the language and immersing herself in the culture, she is challenged by her daily interactions with shop assistants, fellow expats, and the weather, which take a toll on her relationship. Her witty observations, verbatim translations of her attempts at Polish, and keen eye for human foibles across cultures make this memoir a joy to read. As well, it is an informative view of a Poland most of us in the West know little about, and of the way history shapes national character.

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