One Bite Of The Cherry

In 1964, a young Australian mother is plunged into a land of servants, markets, crazy traffic and endless heat when her Army Officer husband is posted to Bangkok.

A Bite of the Cherry, gives a courageous, candid, but often humourous view, of Jacqui's experiences living in a new country. More

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About Jacqueline Stewart

With writing, I was a late starter, as I'd always wanted to be an actor. I used to sing too, and rather fancied myself in Musical Comedy except that I was too tall to be the heroine.
But after I got married, and had three children, I was too busy with other things.
Then in 1964, my life took an unusual turn, for my army officer husband was sent to Bangkok for two years, on a SEATO project, and of course we all went with him.
Well, that was an experience - a bit like being tossed in at the deep end of a pool where you'd sink if you didn't quickly learn to swim.
We knew nothing about Bangkok. It was so very hot all the time, and airconditioners were rare. Very few people spoke English and the language was difficult to learn. However life gradually improved, we began to make friends, and as I didn't have any housework to do, I began to love my life style. I could go out all day, knowing that my cook would be serving the dinner by the time we all came home.
I started teaching English to fill in my time, the children settled down at their new school, and things were going well until the Easter weekend when our cook was stabbed.
But that's another story and one of the reasons I wrote "One Bite Of The Cherry".
So many strange and wonderful things began to happen to us during our two years in Bangkok, that I had to share our story, so that others could enjoy it too.

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