The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

The Happiest Refugee

By Anh Do

  • Release Date: 2011-11-01
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
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Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives on the sea as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. But nothing - not murderous pirates, nor the imminent threat of death by hunger, disease or dehydration as they drifted for days - could quench their desire to make a better life in a country where freedom existed.
Life in Australia was hard, an endless succession of back-breaking work, crowded rooms, ruthless landlords and make-do everything. But there was a loving extended family, and always friends and play and something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa and their sister Tram. Things got harder when their father left home when Anh was thirteen - they felt his loss very deeply and their mother struggled to support the family on her own.
His mother's sacrifice was an inspiration to Anh and he worked hard during his teenage years to help her make ends meet, also managing to graduate high school and then university. Another inspiration was the comedian Anh met when he was about to sign on for a 60-hour a week corporate job. Anh asked how many hours he worked. 'Four,' the answer came back, and that was it. He was going to be a comedian!
The Happiest Refugee tells the incredible, uplifting and inspiring life story of one of our favourite personalities. Tragedy, humour, heartache and unswerving determination - a big life with big dreams. Anh's story will move and amuse all who read it.


  • The Happiest Refugee

    By Baraimal 2
    This is a book that once you start reading, you can’t put down.
  • Read in 2 days

    By Kellzalinka
    I stumbled across this book while away for the weekend in an air BnB rental. I literally didn’t leave the house and read it in 2 days. So funny. I’ve always enjoyed Anh Do’s humour. I laughed out loud so many times. Great read. What a story. What a legendary family. So inspiring!

    By Gohan Huynh
    Highly recommend it to anybody who would like to be taken on a wave of emotional inspiration.
  • Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee

    By VangieT
    It’s been a while since I found a book that I just could not put down … I finished reading it in one sitting, wanting for more… A truly hilarious, heart-warming, inspirational autobiography, with a sprinkling of tear-jerking anecdotes. A must read!
  • The Happiest Refugee

    By penblueandgold
    Amazing story, Anh Do made me feel I was there with him. So glad he made it to Australia! He is a wonderful human being and so talented. Thank you Anh Do.
  • The Happiest Refugee by Anh Do

    By Shirley - Stepping Up Coaching
    In my business I read a lot of business and life motivational books and I no hesitation in saying that this book by Anh Do is the most inspirational, life changing book I have read in a long time. If you you want to learn what it takes to go from hard times to good this book is a must read. Strength, survival, persistence, faith, determination and love and much more are all covered in this inspiring story. "There is now and there is too late" Thank you Anh for sharing your amazing story.
  • The Happiest Refugee

    By AnneAsculptor
    Only disappointment associated with this book is that it has an end. I would like to see this added to our Aussie kids' essential curriculum. A fabulous, entertaining and educational read. Thanks Anh.
  • Truly inspiring

    By Lpangy
    What an Amazing and truly inspiring book! Once you read this book you can not put it down. I laughed and I cried I would recommend this to everyone I know. Great job and well written I can read this book over and over again. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Truely inspiring

    By Pep77x
    Thank you Anh Do for sharing your fascinating story. You are an inspiration! What a great book. 5+ stars
  • Inspirational Miracle

    By RefugeeReviewWow1029384756
    My goodness, this book is amazing. It is genuine and honest, truly inspirational. It puts everything in perspective and makes us appreciate the luxuries we have in life. I am now thankful for my family and every day that I am alive. This book is emotional, selfless, honest, humorous and a true saviour by the terrific Ahn Do.