In Adventures of an Au Pair, the author takes the reader on a journey to feel a whirlwind of sensations and engage emotionally to discover where social relations create deep interconnections. Viewed through the author’s lens, it’s a story of generational changes throughout which nostalgia merges with hope and zest for life. Based on the real life of the author born in ex-Yugoslavia, this autobiography depicts very well the divergence and the struggles of a country that has journeyed through communism and has experienced divisions in comparison to the democratic society of the United Kingdom and other nearby countries. Within its cover, Family represents a column with an unusual background. Friendship marks a pillar to rely on. Music and its evolution in technology (and those artists who made its history) function as background and soundtrack. A book that deserves to be read. Its sense of humour permeates throughout, making the narrative smooth, pleasant and compelling – a real treasure to dip into.
Jonnathan South Born in the Seventies, in a country at the time called Yugoslavia, the author spent his childhood witnessing the communistic era of President Tito, with all the contradictions of a country whose boundaries (partially Balkan-called) historically have been widely disputed. When he decided to move to the UK, he was in his twenties and started to work as a male au pair, obtaining the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English. After writing for around thirty years for his own pleasure, in 2020, he published his first book, Morality As It Stands. His first-hand experience in different societies has exposed him to different ideologies of governance which have formed him as a person with a wider-lensed outlook on life. This book is the witty and emotionally provoking description of part of this adventurous and unconventional life.