By Pam Scott
(New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd, Paperback, 9781741100976, 240pp.)
Publication Date: October 2006
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After three brief business trips to Hanoi, Pam Scott became enamoured with the city, VietnamÆs intriguing capital. In 1994 she made a more permanent move, and lived and worked there for the next eight years. What she discovered was a more interesting, challenging and wonderful place than she could have imagined. In Hanoi Stories, Pam tells of an unexpected side to this city, and of the people she came to know and love. During her time in Hanoi, Pam moved outside the cloistered expat world and became involved in the lives of everyday Hanoians - cyclo drivers, postal workers, university students, ordinary families. She also opened HanoiÆs first English language bookshop and, among other things, took singing lessons, went ballroom dancing, had her fortune told Hanoi style, and ate some of the cityÆs more exotic offerings.