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I wrote a book - I,MIGRANT

So yeah, that happened. If you live in Australia & NZ, this is available in bookshops right now:

Here's a summary of the book (as taken from the publisher's website):

Despite nearly being killed by a kangaroo and almost lynched and run out of town after his comedy was taken far too seriously, Sami Shah is very happy to be living in Australia. He has fronted his own satirical show on TV in Karachi, worked as a journalist and been a highly regarded newspaper columnist - all dangerous occupations to be involved in - when the combination of seeing the aftermaths of a devastating bomb attack and being the target of death threats convinced him to leave Pakistan. Under the terms of their Australian migration visa, Sami and his wife and young daughter were obliged to settle in a rural area, and so they moved to Northam in Western Australia.

Now Sami is battling a crippling addiction to meat pies, but at least is no longer constantly mistaken for an escaped asylum seeker from the nearby detention centre. He has also been the star of Australian Story, the subject of an article in The New York Times, and has performed countless comedy shows to ever-growing and appreciative audiences.

I, Migrant tells the hilarious and moving story of what it's like to leave the home you love to start a new life in another country so your child can be safe and grow up with a limitless future. Australia is lucky to have Sami Shah. Read I, Migrant, and laugh till you cry.

A raw, funny and inspiring tale which reminds us that even in the debris of a roadside bomb in Karachi a joke springs eternal. Sometimes a laugh is our best hope.
— Wendy Harmer
Up there with Mohammed Hanif’s A Case of Exploding Mangoes and Mohsin Hamid’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist – a searing look at what’s wrong with Pakistan through the eyes of a very funny young man. But holy Jesus, what’s this? He turns that scalpel-edged humour on Australia too – Tony Abbott, take note.’
— Paul McGeough, foreign correspondent and author of Kill Khalid, and Infernal Triangle
Sami Shah holds up a mirror to the dark place our country has come to, and the reflection is touching, confronting, and very, very funny. Walk a mile in this man’s shoes – they’re very
comfortable. Buy this book.
— Senator Scott Ludlam