Your end-to-end guide to moving to the land of tabloids, tweed, and terrible weather.

Thinking of moving to the UK but don't know where to start? Overwhelmed by the information coming at you after a Google search? Baffled by visa requirements? Worried about how your kids and your beloved pet iguana would handle it?

Fear not! Written by a seasoned mover who's been there, done that and even brought back the tea towel, Sam Beckbessinger will hold your hand in this end-to-end guide to moving from South Africa to the UK.

Inside, you'll find helpful tips, funny anecdotes and to-do lists to keep you on track. This guide covers everything from the practicalities of finding a job to the cultural quirks of British life (yes, they really are obsessed with tea), equipping you with everything you need to know about fitting in on this weird, adorable island.

"The totally vital everything-guide I wish I'd had. I'm so grateful to have been one of the test subjects for this book, and that all Sam's thoughtful advice, tips, tricks, spreadsheets and honestly terrible jokes are now available to everyone..." - Lauren Beukes


The Newcomer's Club is an online community of brave souls who are planning a move to the UK. Whether you're pondering the idea, knee-deep in visa applications, or fresh off the plane, our community is here to share knowledge, offer advice, cheer you on, and lend an empathetic ear when you need it most.

Moving countries is hard and there's no handbook. But there should be!

About the author

Sam Beckbessinger is the author of the bestselling Manage Your Money Like a Fucking Grownup and the novel Girls of Little Hope (co-authored with Dale Halvorsen). Her interactive story about climate change, Survive the Century, was featured in New Scientist and Gizmodo. She teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University, writes kids' TV and picture books, once wrote for Marvel, and is weirdly obsessed with spreadsheets. She grew up on a farm near Durban with a pet donkey named Mr Magoo, but now lives in London.

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