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Glass Half Full (Sarah Jane's Travel Memoir Series. #1)

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2nd October 2014: Reader feedback is appreciated by all authors. As a result, Glass Half Full has undergone a revamp including a professional edit, added photographs from our journey and a professional book cover. I hope you enjoy the changes.

Is the glass half-empty or half-full? Ironically, sometimes life influences our view and alters our perception. Life changing event
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Paperback, 2, 196 pages
Published November 21st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published November 15th 2013)
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Susan Joyce
Mar 20, 2014 Susan Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With vivid descriptions of people and places, this riveting story is about a family who leave England for a better life in Australia. They carefully plan each step of their long term goals; to get permanent residency in Australia, become financially secure, and maintain a happy and healthy relationship with their large and scattered family.

First stop is the dusty outback town of Alice Springs, surrounded by hundreds of kilometers of red desert in Central Australia's Northern Territory. Not their
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Jody Mahoney
Feb 22, 2014 Jody Mahoney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adventure

What a brave family, loved the honesty. The story is well written and true to the nature of Australian people.
Susan
Jan 08, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
What a story! This books takes a family from their home in England to an adventure in Australia. The first year is easy and they live in town with a job and town life. The husband decides to buy his little piece of heaven in the woods. The family decides to clear it and make it habitable for weekends but ends up living there until disaster strikes. Disaster strikes the next house and a car accident makes life even harder. The family is lucky to have a family member in Tanzania so they move there ...more
Frank Kusy
Aug 26, 2015 Frank Kusy rated it it was amazing
I've read quite a few books now about Brit families uprooting at middle age and relocating to different countries, but this is far and away the most impressive - author Sarah Jane and `where ever I lay my hat that's my home' hubby Nigel leave cosy Cornwall and land in Alice Springs, Australia. Not the romantic Alice Springs I remember from the Flying Doctor radio show of my childhood, but 40 degrees of numbing heat, with lots of dust and flies thrown in. Plunged straight into an emergency ...more
Janet
May 23, 2014 Janet rated it really liked it
Sarah Jane Butfield and her husband are truly inspirational, what they have endured and survived is incredible. Her book "Glass Half Full tells the adventure of their emigration to Oz, in full techni-colour, warts-and-all detail, I defy anyone not to be touched by this eloquent memoir.
Samantha Parker
May 24, 2014 Samantha Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mum has worked so hard to make her dream come true and she finally has. The book is amazing, a fantastic read, even as a family member you learn new things. Im so proud of how hard my mum has worked and look forward to the paperback release and the next book to be revealed
Cynthia Ulmer
Aug 01, 2014 Cynthia Ulmer rated it it was amazing
Most people only dream of doing what Sarah and Nigel did--leave their home and move not only to another country but one well over 9000 miles away. The adventure has its ups and downs. As a person who has lived in the same area since childhood, and at my last address for more than thirty years, I cannot image having the courage to do the same. I admire Sarah, Nigel and their family for not only dreaming of adventure but actually doing it. An enjoyable book. My only regret is there were no ...more
Julie Haigh
Aug 12, 2015 Julie Haigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of memoirs/moving abroad tales/Australia
Recommended to Julie by: Author member of a memoirs group
A good varied read. Really enjoyed it.

For me, this is a combination of travel and medical memoir-two of my favourite genres. From very early on, it seemed easy to read, easy to get into. I can connect with the story having gone through marriage break up etc, left holding the baby-or babies as in her case. Photos are included and there is also an accompanying photo book available (which I got free at the time). The book details Sarah Jane Butfield and her husband Nigel's move to Australia and all
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Maretha Botha
May 23, 2014 Maretha Botha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved reading this book,an account of Sarah and Nigel Butfield's living the 'Australian Dream', arriving there as the 'Pommes' from UK. Having lived in a country with a similar climate as the Australian outback, I thoroughly enjoyed Sarah Butfield's descriptions of the desert, the tremendous floods in Brisbane and Queensland,how they coped with such disasters and how they learned to move on. Without being preachy,Sarah and her family have a positive outlook on life, which she shares with her ...more
Samantha Parker
Jul 15, 2014 Samantha Parker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My mum has worked so hard to make her dream come true and she finally has. The book is amazing, a fantastic read, even as a family member you learn new things. Im so proud of how hard my mum has worked and look forward to the paperback release and the next book to be revealed
Rebecca Hislop
May 06, 2015 Rebecca Hislop rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir


Sarah Jane and her husband Nigel are a quite remarkable couple. After visiting Nigel’s father in Tasmania they felt at home in Australia and believed that living there would give them a more fulfilling life. Overcoming personal setbacks at home they finally left Cornwall to live their dream. They arrived in the remote Alice Springs where Sarah Jane had a two year contract as a nurse. Nigel quickly found work and their daughter Jaime enrolled in school. Life was not always easy however and they h
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Urszula
Jul 17, 2015 Urszula rated it it was amazing
Since it’s a true story about amazing women and her family I guess first what I am going to write is that I’d really like to meet them. It’s so easy to become part of Sarah’s world since she seems like a such a kind, heartwarming person. This book is a terrific story about something, what for Sarah seems pretty obvious and for most of us is not, it’s about following your dreams. Asking yourself where, when and with whom you want to be, how do you want to live and what to do? I admire her ...more
Open Books
Sep 07, 2015 Open Books rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-recommend
Since it’s a true story about amazing women and her family I guess first what I am going to write is that I’d really like to meet them. It’s so easy to become part of Sarah’s world since she seems like a such a kind, heartwarming person. This book is a terrific story about something, what for Sarah seems pretty obvious and for most of us is not, it’s about following your dreams. Asking yourself where, when and with whom you want to be, how do you want to live and what to do? I admire her ...more
Pat Ellis
Oct 06, 2015 Pat Ellis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I take my hat off to the Author & her husband for continuing with their positive attitude throughout this 'adventure'... I love 'being positive' and the Author's attitude, even given some incredibly difficult decisions - most definitely is positive. I so admire folks who follow a dream & who are realistic enough to know that it won't all be sunshine days and happy ever after - it can involve a lot of hard work and soul-searching... This Memoir covers around 4 years of a roller-coaster ...more
Nellie
Oct 26, 2015 Nellie rated it it was amazing
This memoir is an amazing story showing great courage, determination and passion. When the author decided to follow her dreams and start her life over in Australia, she didn't suspect how many obstacles would be waiting for her and her family on the way. But no matter what happened, they always recovered and tried to come up with an alternative plan. I really admire Sarah for being such a strong and loving person, able to find a balance between family life and achieving her own goals. Read this ...more
Sofia Brito
Sep 03, 2016 Sofia Brito rated it did not like it
I love travelling and biographical books, it reminds me that is possible to move on and try life in another place if we really want to. I have always been interested in travelling not as a tourist but as a wanderer, a world citizen, absorbing culture and language of other countries. I hated this book. I hated the patronizing tone of the writer while describing the cultural shock she felt when moving to Alice Springs an Aboriginal town in Australia, I found the writing atrocious a mere report of ...more
Elle Klass
Jan 15, 2016 Elle Klass rated it it was amazing
Glass Half Full is a fascinating story about one family’s adventure. They decide to move to Australia so take on the challenge of getting their lives in order so they can make the transition. She discusses all the insane issues, including custody of one of her children, to finding work as well as adjusting to life in a different country in a city people don’t generally choose to live. She’s a nurse and takes on a job at a hospital in Alice Springs. It’s hot and most the people are natives. As a ...more
Annemarie
Apr 05, 2016 Annemarie rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, readin2016, travel
I enjoyed going along on this family's very eventful adventure, but this book was in dire need of a good copy editor! There were so many commas sprinkled in completely inappropriate places that it was very distracting, not to mention the simple typos, the sentence fragments, and more! The fact that I went on to finish the book shows how much their story grabbed me, because the errors almost made me give up. However, I wanted to find out how their time in Australia panned out for them, and ...more
Colleen
Aug 23, 2015 Colleen rated it it was ok
Interesting to read about Sarah's move to Australia and the many challenges she and her family face and overcome. But I found it frustrating as well - I would have liked to know more about how her daughter Jamie coped with the frequent upheavals and to find out what happened to her son Robert who never seemed to reappear after the first couple of chapters. And the book could have used a good editor given the number of incomplete sentences, typos, and overwhelming use of commas which really got ...more
Angela
Aug 23, 2015 Angela rated it liked it
I had trouble getting past a mother leaving children behind to start an adventure of living in another country...
Then it was interesting learning of the process. Trial by error, etc. Rather exhausting!
Jo
Sep 30, 2015 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
International family saga

This couples positivity was needed as they faced their personal and material ups and downs. Very interesting about the different areas of Australia they lived in and visited.
Norma Jean Salyer
Jun 06, 2015 Norma Jean Salyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Will they settle

I really wonder if they will be o.k in France I enjoyed this book for the descriptions of Australia.I soon cared about the people.I do not agree with their decisions 're their children.Parents must be physically present to parent effectively.
Valery
Aug 09, 2015 Valery rated it really liked it
An interesting story of a couples decision to follow their dream to move from the UK to Australia. What an adventure!
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Janet
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Jayne
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Aug 15, 2016
Tracie Chapple
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Author Sarah Jane Butfield was born in Ipswich, and raised in rural Suffolk, UK. Sarah Jane is a wife, mother, ex-qualified nurse and now an internationally published author. Married three times with four children, three stepchildren and two playful Australian Cattle dogs she an experienced modern day mum to her 'Brady bunch', but she loves every minute of their convoluted lives.

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