But Can You Drink The Water?(Droll, witty and utterly British)

By Jan Hurst-Nicholson

Comedy & satire | Paperback, eBook


Follow the hilarious lives of the naïve Turner family as they emigrate from Liverpool to sunny South Africa. Laugh out loud as they encounter ‘crocodiles’ on the wall, strange African customs and unintelligible Afrikaans accents. Cringe with them as their visiting in-laws embarrass them in front of their new SA friends. If you enjoyed Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, you will recognise Mavis Turner. (The story is based on a sit-com) ABNA semi finalist. Publisher’s Weekly reviewer: With a droll, witty, utterly British voice, this manuscript tackles playfully and sincerely the age-old fish out of water tale. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well. Runner-up in the Peter Pook Humorous Novel Competition


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Follow the hilarious lives of the naïve Turner family as they emigrate from Liverpool to sunny South Africa. Laugh out loud as they encounter ‘crocodiles’ on the wall, strange African customs and unintelligible Afrikaans accents. Cringe with them as their visiting in-laws embarrass them in front of their new SA friends. If you enjoyed Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine, you will recognise Mavis Turner. (The story is based on a sit-com) ABNA semi finalist. Publisher’s Weekly reviewer: With a droll, witty, utterly British voice, this manuscript tackles playfully and sincerely the age-old fish out of water tale. What sustains this book, however, is the narrative voice, the dry and self-deprecating humor, and the ability of this author to tell a story simply and well. Runner-up in...


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaster’s Approval’ and many other books from Penguin and Cambridge University Press. Jan's writing also appears in Edge Words (stories from the Cheshire Prize for Literature), Chicken Soup, and Summer Shorts. She lives in Durban with two dogs that are forever on the wrong side of the door, an elderly cat, and the occasional visiting troop of boisterous vervet monkeys. See more about Jan and her many books at www.just4kix.jimdo.com.


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Jan Hurst-Nicholson has written for South African magazines for several years, much of it compiled into ‘Something to Read on the Plane’. Her humorous novel on adapting from Liverpool to Durban, ‘But Can You Drink The Water?’ has been joined by award-winning ‘Leon Chameleon: PI’ children's books, YA ‘Mystery At Ocean Drive’, and the family saga ‘The Breadwinners’, as well as ‘With the Headmaste...


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