Vodka and Apple Juice

Vodka and Apple Juice

When Jay?s 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, diff When Jay?s husband lands a diplomatic job in Warsaw, she jumps at the opportunity to escape her predictable life ...

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Title:Vodka and Apple Juice
Author:Jay Martin
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Genres:Autobiography
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:312 pages pages

Vodka and Apple Juice Reviews

  • Lisa
    Jun 28, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

  • Candace
    Aug 12, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

  • Ann
    Sep 24, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

  • Angela
    Sep 15, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

  • Inez
    Dec 09, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

  • Emily
    Nov 28, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

  • Karo
    Jul 13, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

  • Ilana
    Aug 05, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

  • Lesley
    Dec 25, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

  • Susan Kaplan
    Aug 18, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

  • Hannah
    Jan 21, 2019

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

  • Andressa Franca
    Jul 23, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

  • Liz
    Nov 24, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

  • D Jackson
    Sep 03, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

  • Sydney
    Aug 14, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

  • LC
    Oct 15, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

  • Karo
    Nov 07, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

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  • Chitra Ahanthem
    Oct 10, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

  • Helle
    Jan 27, 2019

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

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  • Carol
    Dec 23, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

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    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Cynthia
    Aug 04, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

  • Jenny
    Sep 25, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

  • Rose
    Jul 15, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

  • Wiola Myszkowska
    Aug 10, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

  • Olivia
    Nov 06, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

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    ...

    ...

  • Lana
    Sep 15, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

  • Aggie
    Sep 11, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

  • Literary Soirée
    Oct 01, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

  • Camden
    Oct 09, 2018

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...

    It's probably half a star more than the writing deserves but I enjoyed this for the glimpse into Poland and the reality of life as a diplomatic spouse. ...

    This was a great book and wonderfully written. Fun insight and adventurous. Very funny. ...

    ...

  • Valentina
    Jan 14, 2019

    3.5 stars I enjoyed this travel memoir from Australian Jay Martin documenting her three year stay in Poland. Her husband Tom, who was Australian?s diplomat in Warsaw was supremely busy why Martin struggled with her years ?not working?, traveling, learning Polish, and keeping the...

    As a reporter my job is to go, understand people I've met (try at least) and pass it further. Very often I deal with foreigners (therefore I know the feeling when You know that You don't know anything). I couldn't wait to read similar book about my country and, well, myself. I couldn'...

    She gave her dog away because she planned to live overseas for 3 years. Straight away not my kind of person. ...

    ?Vodka and Apple Juice: Travels of an Undiplomatic Wife in Poland? by Jay Martin won the 2018 City of Fremantle T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Best First Manuscript, deservedly. This engaging memoir recounts three years in the life of a ?trailing spouse? who leaves the corporate C...

    As an expat myself, I find Jay's difficulties to learn polish particularly relatable. Even though I've been exposed to my target language since I was a child, there are many singularities that are comprehensible only if you've been surrounded by a language (and/or a culture) in every p...

    *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 ...

    As a Pole, it's always interesting to read about Poland through the eyes of a Westerner. I greatly enjoyed reading the author's reflections on being a diplomat and the Polish psyche; however, I found the portion of the book dealing with her relationship with her husband to be the weake...

    Disclaimer: I messed up when I started this book. I didn't read the description carefully and didn't realize it was a memoir for about half of it (OOPS). That obviously changed my opinion of the book, since a memoir has its own kind of style and storytelling. I found a lot of Marti...

    A copy of this book was given to me via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Vodka and Apple Juice is the fun, fascinating memoir by Jay Martin, who lived in Poland for three years on a diplomatic posting from her native Australia. Now, I?ve never been particularly interest...

    It happened often lately to have on my reading list memoirs written by wives of diplomats, sharing their impressions, frustrations and challenges of their life abroad. Trying - often unsuccessfully - to cope with the liguistic barriers, the sadness of being taken away from their jobs a...

    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 an...

    Author Jay Martin documents her three years in Poland as an ambassodor?s Wife in this extremely detailed memoir. I definitely felt for her as she struggled to learn the language, familiarize herself with the city, and learn the customs of a new country. In addition to all of that, sh...

    I really enjoyed this memoir. I have never been to Poland and the author's experiences were really interesting. I also was interested in her transition from having a successful career to being the supportive non-working spouse. Not sure how I would do in that role and her experience wa...

    Jay Martin and her husband Tom give up their comfortable public servant life in Canberra to pack up and move to Warsaw for three years, so Tom can live out his dream of being an Australian diplomat. The hours are long for him, the experience isolating for them both and it puts a strain...

    I enjoyed this book quite a lot! In fact, it was the best travel books I've read in a long time. When I read a travel book, I want something intelligent, interesting, a little adventurous, thoughtful but not too critical or controversial. This book hit the mark. The book gave a real...

    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. ...

    This is an memoir by the wife of an Australian diplomat living as an expat in Warsaw, Poland. Determined to make the best of her three years abroad, Jay Martin tries to learn Polish (and becomes surprisingly fluent), and tries to make the most of her stay in this very foreign country. ...

    Vodka and Apple Juice by Jay Martin is her memoir of her three years she lived in Poland because her husband an Australian Diplomat was sent to live there. This book was an interesting look at a country that isn't usually touched upon in travel memoirs. I enjoyed this fact. I loved lea...

    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...

    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-fictio...

    Jay Martin?s husband accepts a diplomatic post in Poland so she leaves career to share the experience with him, of living in a country vastly different to Australia. Her memoir Vodka & Apple Juice catalogues their journeys to many countries bordering Poland, as well as her invo...

    This thoughtful and humorous memoir about an Australian couple who move to Warsaw, Poland is a quick and interesting read. Disclaimer: I'm probably biased as I know the author personally. However, I found it a well-written and entertaining account of Australian ex-pats adjusting to lif...

    Entertaining, I guess. I didn't like the way it's written (spelling and grammar mistakes); some sentences are not easy to understand. I feel like the whole book is a big complaint: on food, language, different culture, different people. Such is the life of an expat though. (She co...