“Heidi Sand-Hart’s “Home Keeps Moving” authenticates the TCK experience. Her personal stories demonstrate the tangible reality of the TCK theories we have been reading and hearing about for years.” – Tina L Quick, author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition

Thursday, 24 June 2010

London Book Launch!

'Home Keeps Moving' Book Launch (London)

Thursday, July 22, 2010
7:30pm - 11:30pm
The Bank
31-37 Northcote Road, Clapham Junction
London, United Kingdom


The exclusive London launch party of Heidi Sand-Hart's first book "Home Keeps Moving"!!

The one and only place to buy your signed copy and have a drink with the author. No speeches, no drama...just a celebration of the book's release.

Come find us in back room at 'The Bank' (Clapham Junction) from 7.30pm onwards. Date and venue subject to change (check back here closer to time)!!

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Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Unaccustomed earth

"Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn-out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth."
- Nathaniel Hawthorne, "The Custom-House"

Love this quote from a book I'm reading right now ('Unaccustomed Earth' by Jhumpa Lahiri)

Monday, 21 June 2010

Coming soon!


By Heidi Sand-Hart

“Nothing about my upbringing was “normal”.
I do not come from one country, but four.
Ever since I was born, we have been on the move.
I haven’t lived in the same house for more than four years, I have been to around nine different schools, lived on three continents, been to more than forty-two countries (and counting).
For the majority of my life, my belongings have been scattered in boxes across three different continents, only to be rediscovered every few years.
My definition of ‘normal’ strays about as far from the conventional mold as it possibly could.
I had a highly unusual childhood with hints of normality blended in.”

(Excerpt from Chapter One)

‘Home Keeps Moving’ follows the journey of Heidi Sand-Hart, an ‘Adult Third Culture Kid’ who has grown up in England, India and Norway. This book tells the story of her families’ many moves through the eyes of Heidi and the unique phenomena of having four very different home countries to relate to. It tells the story of being catapulted from continent to continent constantly: leaving friends behind and having to start all over again, her unquenchable search for a ‘home’ and sense of belonging in this world, her desire for a life-partner with the odds all but against her due to constantly relocating (even into adulthood).

The story unravels/discovers the many challenges faced by global citizens but focuses on the strengths that such a varied upbringing has; the pressures that come with being Third Culture Kids and having your decisions reflect on your parents.

Heidi has incorporated short contributions from other TCKs in order to give varying insights and viewpoints.

The book discuss subject matter such as:
  • Confused Loyalties
  • Swimming in Two cultural oceans
  • “Home”
  • Grief
  • Education
  • Social Pressures
  • Rebellion
  • Religion
  • Expectation
  • Re-Entry
  • Relationships

And that is the true beauty of Heidi’s upbringing, it crossed borders and defied logic but she lacked for nothing.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Famous TCKs...

Famous Third Culture Kid Celebrities (TCKs)

obama famous third culture kid
Barack Obama – Multiracial TCK born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Indonesia and Chicago.
Keanu Reeves – US actor ( Lebanon )
Reese Witherspoon – US actor ( Germany )
John Rys-Davies – UK actor ( “Africa” )
Dominic Monaghan – UK actor ( Germany )
Colin Firth – UK actor ( Nigeria )
Brendan Fraser – US actor ( US, England, Italy )
Uma Thurman – US actor ( India )
Mel Gibson – US actor ( Australia )
Glenn Close – US actor ( Zaire, Switzerland )
Julie Christie – UK actor ( India )
Kathleen Turner – US actor ( Canada, Cuba, Venezuela, England )
Viggo Mortensen – US actor ( Venezuela, Argentina, Denmark )
Hugo Wallace Weaving – UK actor ( Nigeria, Australia, South Africa )
Santiago Cabrera – Chilean actor ( England, Romania, Spain )
River Phoenix & Joaquin Phoenix – US actors ( Venezuela, ? )
Romola Garai – UK actor ( Hong Kong, Singapore )
JRR Tolkien – UK writer ( South Africa )
Pearl S. Buck – US writer ( China )
JG Ballard – UK writer ( China )
Martin Booth – UK writer ( Hong Kong )
Pico Iyer – ? writer ( UK, US )
John Hersey – US writer ( China )
Jean Fritz – US writer ( China )
Isabel Allende – writer (Peru, Lebanon)
Judith Martin – “Ms. Manners” writer ( Greece & ? )
Amélie Nothomb – Belgian writer ( Japan, China, Bangladesh, US, Burma )
Carlos Fuentes – Mexican writer ( Panama , US, Chile, Argentina )
Alexandra Fuller – US writer ( Zimbabwe, Zaire …? )
Barbara Kingsolver – US writer ( Congo )
Michael Arndt – US screenwriter ( India, Sri Lanka )
Michael Hutchence – Astralian singer for INXS ( Hong Kong, US )
Manu Chao (born José-Manuel Thomas Arthur Chao) – Spanish singer ( France )
Madeline Albright – US politician ( Czech Republic (then a citizen there), Yugoslavia, London, Switzerland )
Barak Obama – US politician ( Indonesia )
Elizabeth Edwards – US politician’s wife (Japan)
Theresa Heinz – US politician’s wife ( Mozambique )
John Kerry – US politician ( TCK, Germany )
Dominique de Villepin – French Prime Minister ( Morocco )
Michel Gondry - film director
Greg Mortenson – US humanitarian / philanthropist ( Tanzania )
Richard Dawkins – evolutionary biologist, writer ( Kenya )
Lorenzo Michael Murphy Odone – depicted in “Lorenzo’s Oil” ( Comoros )
Kobe Bryant – US athlete ( Italy )
Christiane Amanpour – US journalist ( Iran )
Henry Luce – US media mogul ( China )
General Norman Schwarzkopf – US soldier ( Iran )
Katharine Teresa Gun – US whistle-blower ( Taiwan )

Taken from: http://www.tckid.com/group/famous-tcks/


I awake every morning with the ambition of writing an intriguing blog entry but by the end of the day, I have failed yet again. Inspiration has left these shores.

Every creative ounce has been squeezed into editing, perfecting and analysing the book.
My days are spent alone, either working on HKM or walking the streets and parks, surrounded by glowing mothers and their young children. Or old people.

I hope that the release of the book will propel me into action...because I've just about had my fill of solitary days.

"Hope for the future"...isn't that what this life is all about?!