by Lynda Brettle (Expat Mentors)
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"Living abroad is not the same as a holiday. Moving overseas for the first time,
especially under your own steam, can be like getting behind the wheel of a car
without any driving lessons and heading straight into the M4 traffic". Brains at the
Border provides the guidance and support needed to avoid disaster. This new guide
has been described as a "life lesson" "helpful" and a "great insight into
"In Brains At The Border, Lynda offers us a humorous insight into her own overseas
experiences during postings with the Foreign Office over two decades in locations as
diverse as paradise islands and war torn conflict zones. With each new adventure we
experience with her, and her eclectic bunch of fellow globe trotters, how it really
feels to live and work as an expatriate and how they deal with both the rewards and
frustrations of basic everyday issues".
"Lynda’s world gets increasing complex as she travels from being a single girl to a
married woman and a mother. In an attempt to regain some work – life balance, she
leaves the Diplomatic Service and settles with her family on Spain’s Costa Blanca.
This is where the jaw-dropping fun really begins with the arrival of hordes of
ill-prepared Brits expecting to “live the dream” – having left their Brains At The