Cold Stone Soup – Foreign and Far Away: the New 2013 Anthology from Writers Abroad


 Here is an excellent idea for a Christmas (or any kind of) present:

Writers Abroad publishes its fourth anthology today. Titled Foreign and Far Away, it is a selection of fiction, non-fiction and poetry written by expats (or former expats) around the world on the theme of people and places.

Contributors live in, and have written about, more than 50 countries across every continent.

Foreign and Far Away, the fourth anthology published by Writers Abroad, explores the relationship between people and the landscapes and settings in which they live. An eclectic range of writing evokes the diversities, similarities, connections and misunderstandings of life in foreign places.

An excerpt from my unpublished memoir, Cold Stone Soup: An African Childhood, is included among the non-fiction contributions. 

Author Amanda Hodgkinson, who has lived in Southwest France since 2002, has written the foreword. Her award-winning debut novel, 22 Britannia Road, was published in 2011. Penguin Books will publish her second novel, Spilt Milk, in February 2014. 

Book Aid International will benefit from the proceeds of this year’s anthology. This charity increases access to books and supports literacy, education and development in sub-Saharan Africa. They provided 543,280 new books to over 2,000 libraries in 2012 and have sent more than 30 million books to partner libraries since 1954. See

Foreign and Far Away is available via Amazon at a price of $10.99, £8.99 or €9.99 from today, October 21, 2013, when these links will go live: Foreign and Far Away – and Foreign and Far Away –

The ebook version is now available for download from Amazon (This is the UK link but should be available at all Amazon outlets). Writers Abroad has already donated a substantial sum to Book Aid International from paperback sales.


Writers Abroad was founded in 2009. It provides an online forum for expat writers to exchange ideas, views and news on writing and to offer support and constructive feedback on each other’s work. Membership numbers are limited but expat writers may apply to join if they are able to support the group’s initiatives and aims.


About alisonstewartwriter

Alison is a writer, journalist and travel writer, born in South Africa, now living in Australia. She has had nine books published - two books for adults and seven for young people. Four of them have been translated into Italian, Danish, Dutch and Thai. Her latest project, Cold Stone Soup, an unpublished memoir about growing up under apartheid and migrating to Australia has won the FAW 2013 National Literary Awards (Jim Hamilton Award for a non-fiction manuscript). Cold Stone Soup was also runner-up in the 2010 Penguin/Varuna Scholarship. Her first book for adults, Born Into the Country (Justified Press 1988, South Africa) was shortlisted for the 1987 AA Mutual Life Vita Young Writers’ Award. Heinemann Australia published her next adult novel, Bitterbloom in 1991. Her YA novel, The Wishing Moon was shortlisted for the 1995 Australian Multicultural Children’s Award and was a 1995 Children’s Book Council Notable book. Her YA dystopia, Days Like This, published by Penguin Australia was a finalist in the inaugural 2010 Amazon/Penguin Breakthrough Novel Award in the YA category. Alison worked for years as a news and feature journalist. She is now a regular travel writer for The Sydney Morning Herald and Melbourne Age and online Fairfax Media publications.
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2 Responses to Cold Stone Soup – Foreign and Far Away: the New 2013 Anthology from Writers Abroad

  1. pfornari says:

    We’ve just received our fifty copies in Dhaka, and ten of last year’s…five Dhaka authors are in…we’re having a mega-launch on 18 November!


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