13 April 2012

Beijing Tai Tai: life, laughter & motherhood in China's capital - BOOK GIVEAWAY

Greetings all,
I read Beijing Tai Tai a few years ago, when i first met Tania McCartney.  I went to her book reading & as i read the book myself, i heard her voice telling me her story, personally.  It's just that kind of fabulous book.  Now it has been relaunched with a fresh cover & extra content, the kind folks at Exilse Publishing have offered a copy of the new release for one of my lucky readers.
"I feel like everyone should know about Beijing Tai Tai... it's the Eat Pray Love for mothers." - author Dee White
& Tania is gorgeous, she'd star in her own Hollywood movie version too!!
The official word . . .
Intensely personal, at times a little controversial, Beijing Tai Tai is a rollercoaster ride of honesty and openness as a wife (tai tai) and mother juggles suburban family life in urban Beijing. Presented in a series of love/hate column-like snippets - on topics ranging from the consumption of bull testicles to the life-altering experience of walking the Great Wall - it exposes expatriate life in a country on the brink of great change
From tragic hair moments and bustling silk markets to China's quest to stay true to its ancient origins, Beijing Tai Tai is a book for anyone interested in this diverse and culturally rich country. It's for anyone from anywhere who knows what it's like to fall in love, explore new worlds and live with challenges. It's about life in a city full of soaring highs and disconsolate lows - but never anything less than remarkable.
"This book rewrites the myth of the full-time expat mother." - Lee Mack, Managing Editor, City Weekend Beijing
Me, well my favourtite stories in Beijing Tai Tai include . . . trying  open a bottle of wine on a train journey, sans corkscrew; her little boy's first day of International School - still wearing size 2 underpants (i hear you Tania!!); & the hilarious under current/ parrallel story of the housemaid, sometimes sinister but always entertaining, always at the McCartneys expense.  I didn't want the book to end, i savoured the last few pages, great entertainment for $24.95.  There is also a neat glossary at the back with all the must-know terms for life in China.  Yes, Tania thought of everything!!
 Cover Girl Tania & ACT National Year of Reading Ambassador Tania; wife, mother, author, writer, friend Tania, the lady is an incredible talent, you should see her blog - filled with craft, style, humour, travel, parties . . .
 Tania even runs this amazing KBR website, a must for young readers!!
Follow the virtual book tour - more giveaways, reviews & amazing blogs to discover too!!
Thanks to Exisle Publishing for sponsoring this book giveaway. 
You can also order a copy of the book here
Just follow this blog & leave a comment here to win a copy of this fantastic book, open now until midnight on Thursday 19th April. 
If you're in Canberra, come along to the launch at the National Library of Australia on Wednesday 18th April (evening), details & RSVP here.
Good luck everyone, i'll announce winners of all my latest blog giveaways on April 20th.  Love Posie

32 comments:

The Provincial Homemaker said...

Sounds like a great read. I got a laugh out of your small underwear comment. We got my MIL to look for underwear for Ginger in Singapore, thinking that perhaps they had something smaller than a size 2/3. They daid but given that sans nappy, her bottom half fits into 00 even in the smallest Mothercare size it still hangs off her tiny bottom:)

Anne said...

Hi Posie
I've been trying to concentrate on sewing from the stash this year before we head off on the big adventure because there's only so much fabric I can take in the caravan! So reading has been way down the list but this book sounds interesting so please put me in the draw.
Oh and thanks so much, you're my first (and only) follower since I started my blog haha.
Yet to learn how to add photos but I will get there.
Cheers
Anne

Bron66 said...

I've been a follower for a while now. This book sounds great! I need a new read.

Mum on the Run said...

It sounds like a brilliant read - from here in WA's capital.
:-) xx

Pip said...

This book has been slowly working it's way up my To Read list for a while. Having lived in Singapore and Malaysia for a reasonable amount of time, it will be interesting to see how it compares. I suspect because it's China it will be quite different, Singapore is fairly westernised and Malaysia, well it's Malaysia :)

Michelle said...

Thats so nice of you Posie, I love books this sounds like a great read

Michelle said...

Sounds like a great read , count me in please x

Fiona said...

Hey Jennie, what a great giveaway.. thank you for the opportunity! Hope all is well x Fiona

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds a fantastic read

Kathy

Kathy said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. It looks like a fantastic read

Kathy

Salley said...

Good on her! Congrats from an old expat... hope she does well.

Felicity said...

What a fabulous review Jennie and a terrific endorsement the book.

Fingers are crossed that it might wend its way to my home too,
xx

Jan-Maree said...

This looks like such a good read - thanks for the chance to read.

Cherry Blossom said...

This book would be great, I have had so much busyness in my life at the moment it would be great to sit down and read such a great book.

Cherry Blossom said...

This book would be great, I have had so much busyness in my life at the moment it would be great to sit down and read such a great book.

Bron said...

This sounds like the perfect book to have next on my reading list. Thanks and Happy weekend to you all.

Sally said...

I love travel based books - sounds fun and inspiring!

Coal Valley View said...

Love the sound of this Book and will now take a peek at her blog. thank you :-) Mel x

A Red Ham said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Hotly Spiced said...

That sounds like a great book and a fun read. My sister lives in Beijing. I am sure she can relate on so many levels. I will recommend the book to her - I'm sure she will love it! Thanks for letting me know about it xx

Mookah said...

I have always been a book lover with at least a couple of books to read on my bedside able, but at times I've found myself starting a book, not really enjoying or 'connecting' with it and still persevering. During my current journey I've found myself asking myself why i waste precious time reading books that don't give me knowledge or enjoyment.

So. No longer. I will now be searching only for those special books. The ones that make me wiser, take me to another place, make me laugh, connect with me in some personal way.

This definately sounds like one of those books!

polkadotpeticoat said...

Sounds interesting.....Happy Weekend!

Lois said...

This book is now definitely on my 'to read' list.

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Michele said...

already a follower love the sound of her kids book review site off to take a look

CHD said...

Sounds like a great book. We moved to a new country every 2 years for most of my childhood. I need to pick a book for book club in June- this could well be the one. Cx

amummy said...

I am a follower.
This book sounds great, if I don't win a copy, I might have to convince my mum to buy it for me for my birthday. (it is a tradition that she always buys us a book for our birthdays)

Just Martha said...

Hi Posie I've just met a fourth person needing carpel tunnel surgery. What would be your biggest tip? Count me in for the book. Looks amazing.

Nancy said...

I hope I am the lucky winner - tried to find the book in Canada and no luck... I love books about other countries. Looks fantastic.
Nancy

Anonymous said...

This book is on my Mother's Day list. I would love to win it. thanks for the opportunity..
Lizette

Chinaman in Sydney said...

Sounds like a great read, especially for a Chinaman from Sichuan like myself who fell in love with an Aussie chick 20 years ago and followed her all the way to Australia. Having to deal with our cultural differences is a daily thing in our marriage, which can be both challenging and exciting.

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I haven't read this book before finding this blog, but now i am trying to read this book..