How Now Brown Frau


In her first book, There’s A Bear In There, Merridy Eastman led us into the forbidden world of a Sydney brothel where she once worked as a nervous receptionist. In Ridiculous Expectations she packed us up and took us with her to London on her British book tour where, instead of finding Mr Darcy as promised, she was swept off her feet by a tall German called Tom. Who knew?

In her third book, How Now Brown Frau, Merridy shares with us the hilarious consequences, plunging us headlong into her new life in Bavaria where she takes up residence four months pregnant and without a word of German under her belt. Here we meet Merridy’s conventional Bavarian in-laws, climb excruciating language barriers (not to mention a few alps) and grapple with a culture that seems at times to be on another planet. A whole world of challenges opens up before us – the food, the weather, the customs, the traditional religious greetings, the silence on public transport, and of course the Freikörperkultur, or nudism, acceptable even in Munich’s central public gardens. But with help from the new friends she makes there, Merridy grows to love the beautifully restored ancient city, and realise that travel doesn’t just broaden the mind, it can also open the heart.

How Now Brown Frau is laugh-out-loud funny and all the more so for being completely true. This is What Merridy Did Next.


‘In this third book, Eastman pairs a well-established voice with wonderfully fresh material. Her style is a little like a cleaner, female version of David Sedaris. … How Now Brown Frau should appeal to a wide audience and leave readers hungry for the next installment.’ Anna Forward, The Mercury

‘Merridy captures the challenges of her new life with a great sense of humour and keen observation. How Now, Brown Frau is a witty and poignant memoir of a woman falling in love with her husband, motherhood and a country. In all, an entertaining read.’          Shelley Rae, Book’d Out

Listen to Merridy chat to ABC Radio’s Chris Wisbey here: Merridy Eastman


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