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, difficult, fascinating Poland, with its impenetrable language and sometimes unfathomable customs.
It’s a challenge even for an intrepid traveller with a willing heart. Not to mention a marriage that increasingly doesn’t look as if it will survive its third Polish winter.
Praise for Vodka & Apple Juice
‘A disarmingly funny account of a spouse abroad: Martin lifts the lid on the pressure cooker of embassy life.’ – Kim Beazley
‘Humorous and graceful … Vodka and Apple Juice depicts a woman’s search for identity with a winning mixture of pain and aplomb.’ – Foreword Magazine
‘Her honesty about her deficiencies is quite disarming … 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.’ – ANZ LitLovers