Books for people who want to live, work or do business in countries that aren't their own

Books about specific countries

See our country-specific guides. Don’t worry if you can’t see the country you’re interested in: we’re adding more all the time, so keep checking – or sign up to our mailing list and we’ll email you when we add guides about your country of interest.

Our Book

Guides Global, along with our legal partners in Turkey, have written a book about Turkey.

Guides Global books about other countries are coming soon!

How Things Really Work in Turkey

How Things Really Work in Turkey front cover

How Things Really Work in Turkey has over 500 pages dealing with everything you need to know if you are living, working or doing business in Turkey:

  • Immigration & Visas in Turkey
  • Living in Turkey
  • Working in Turkey
  • Doing Business in Turkey
  • Starting a Business in Turkey
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  • Retiring to Turkey
  • Buying a Home in Turkey
  • Taxes in Turkey
  • Common Legal Problems in Turkey
  • Investing in Turkey

…and much more.

Books by expats: memoirs and experience

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Expat: Women’s True Tales of Life Abroad
Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad

Expat chronicles the experiences of twenty-two ordinary women living extraordinary lives in outposts as far flung as Borneo, Ukraine, India, Greece, Brazil, China and the Czech Republic.”

Searching for Home: Stories of Indians Living Abroad

“In a first-of-its-kind narrative, journalist and American expat Simran Chawla documents the contemporary Indian immigrant experience in various corners of the world – from Alaska to the UK, Europe to Africa, the Americas to the Middle East.”

The Reluctant Expat

“Alan has no desire to move to Spain, but his sister Cathy and brother-in-law Bernie are going regardless, so he decides to tag along.”

(This is the start of a series which covers several countries – hences its inclusion in this ‘global’ recommendations list.)

Books about moving to another country and living abroad

The Sensible Girl's Guide to Emigrating Elegantly
“In this book, Sally Corner passes on tips and advice for women on the move, based on her own experience moving from London to Perth, the most remote city on earth. The book isn’t country-specific, but aims to instill confidence in readers, whilst encouraging and amusing them with checklists, quizzes, questionnaires, and illustrations.”
Living Abroad Successfully
“Do you wish you could live abroad? Where would you go? What would you do once you got there? Whether your dream is to escape your current life, become a globetrotter, explore new career paths or just enjoy life elsewhere, this book is for you.”

“Whether you are a first-time expat or an experienced one, this book provides the principles and proven process you need to follow to make a successful international move. Principles such as the importance of knowing your concept of home, understanding the stages of transition, and taking into consideration the needs of everyone who moves, equip you with the right mindset for approaching every phase of the move.”

Books about international law

The Rule of Law

“The idea of the rule of law as the foundation of modern states and civilizations has recently become even more talismanic than that of democracy, but what does it actually consist of? In this brilliant short book, Britain’s former senior law lord, and one of the world’s most acute legal minds, examines what the idea actually means.”