A book!

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Once upon a time when I lived in the UK, I belonged to Cambridge Writers and worked on putting my expat pratfalls down on paper. Then, life and kid happened, but after years of being asked, “Have you written a book?”, I’ll now have one to offer later this year. And here’s what it’s all about:

High Tea and the Low Down: An American’s Unfiltered Life in the UK

American Claire Craig Evans was elated to marry a British man, but there was a cost for the snappy banter and countless offers of tea: she had to uproot her life and relocate to the UK.

Sure, experienced American expats offered nuggets of wisdom (“Bring over a lifetime supply of taco seasoning!”) but they weren’t even mild comfort as Claire tried to avoid death, jail, and wayward sheep while learning to navigate zebra crossings and drive on the “wrong” side of the road. The allure of a jet-setter lifestyle vanished as fast as Air India sent her Samsonite to Delhi instead of London Heathrow. How can you worry about the dreaded “Life in the UK” test when you’ve lost track of how long you’ve been wearing the single pair of underwear in your possession? (Yes, that was the jetlag talking. They do have underwear in the UK, too.)

“High Tea and the Low Down: An American’s Unfiltered Life in the UK” is a sharp, witty memoir about Claire’s foray into English living. In her Bill Bryson meets Bridget Jones style, she describes the sublime, ridiculous, and downright quirky moments of her British existence. Would she learn enough to pass the “Life in the UK” test, the ominous hurdle required to stay on British soil (and with her husband) indefinitely?