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Summary

"You're lucky, being a girl. You can always get au pair work or a job in a Polish bakery. Apparently they're springing up all over the country."

Marta grits her teeth and nods. She is used to the assumption that she moved to England to change nappies and mop floors. It couldn't be further from the truth. As a graduate of one of Poland's top universities, Marta has ambitious plans for her new life. But things don't work out as the young migrant had planned. Her qualifications are unpronounceable, let alone recognizable, and her new friends seem more interested in spending their cash than helping Marta make hers.

As yet another door slams shut in her face, Marta finds herself alone in the English rain with a broken suitcase, no money and nowhere to go - and the phone number of a young woman she barely knows.

Based on a true story, Poles Apart is the moving and funny account of one young migrant's search for recognition in a foreign land - and everything that happens along the way.

©2008 Polly Courtney (P)2014 Polly Courtney

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Fantastic! Thoroughly enjoyable listen.

If you could sum up Poles Apart in three words, what would they be?

Follow your dreams.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Poles Apart?

When everything seemed to be going wrong for Marta, she didn't give up on her goal and achieved success through her perseverance and hard work.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Marta was offered a permanent position at work at Cat got fired. Shows that honesty and hard work pays off.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Really enjoyed listening to how the story unfolded.

Any additional comments?

Thoroughly enjoyable listen. Excellent story that was true to life and shows that hard work and honesty pays off. Fantastic story from the author and bought to life by a sterling job from narrater Ann Day-Jones.