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While this anthology’s theme may sound niche, its appeal and scope is universal. Indeed, it’s underpinned by fundamental age-old questions: “What does compel someone to leave their country of origin, which is the story before their departure? And then what happens to them on their journey to the new place, which is the story of getting from one place to another? And what causes them to finally land somewhere and decide to stay, if not for the rest of their lives, then for an extended period?” The answers to such questions are voiced here by twenty women whose stories are vary vastly, with contributors hailing from places as diverse as Lebanon, Scotland, France, Germany, the USA, Mozambique, Spain, Brazil and more countries besides. Together their stories constitute a fascinating chorus of experiences borne from the author’s enrollment in an organisation created to help newcomers “feel at home in this beautiful country,” her desire to chronicle female oral history, and a belief in the human need for agency.
Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador
What compels someone to leave their country of origin, which is the story before their departure? What happens to them on their journey to the new place, which is the story of getting from one place to another? And what causes them to finally land somewhere and decide to stay, if not for the rest of their lives, then for an extended period? Women Who Walk: How 20 Women from 16 Countries Came to Live in Portugal is a collection of 20 interviews with a diverse group of expatriate women. Their personal narratives tell tales of world travel and cultural immersion as a form of higher education, a vehicle for personal growth and expanded awareness of self and others, and an instrument for greater understanding and appreciation of the differences that today too often separate us. Readers will find these shared experiences, communicated honestly and openly, sometimes with humor, sometimes through tears of loss, courageous, uplifting, poignant and inspirational, a reassuring reflection of their own life journey.
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If you want some ideas about how you could live your life differently, there are plenty here. Warning – these women will make you wonder what you have been doing with your life! Full review
Highly recommended, makes you start dreaming though! Full review
They give you a sense of culture and tradition as the women come from all over the world. Full review
"You are only free when you realise you belong to no place- you belong to any place" Maya Angelou 's words ring in the ears of the women whose stories are told in this book. Full review
Publication date: 11/12/2018
Publisher: Moyhill Publishing
|Publication date:||11th December 2018|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, Humour, Indie Books We Love, The Real World, Travel,|
I set my compass to explore after completing culinary training and chef’ing with two top catering companies in Australia, where I’m from. A career in food and a love of travel propelled me north where I lived and worked in London, the French Alps, and the western U.S. after which, I returned to Australia to finish undergraduate studies in psychology, philosophy, literature and media studies. Extracurricular reading on the works of Carl Jung: myth, dreams and astrology, lead me to advanced studies and a MA in Jungian Psychology from a graduate school in Boulder Colorado ...More About Louise Ross