M.A.D. Making a Difference in China

In her second book Tove continues to fascinate the readers with her tales of courage and bravery as she continues her teaching and travelling adventures in China. Tove draws us into her world by her brilliant descriptions of her classroom experience as well as her many travels throughout China exploring and learning about the 5000 years of Chinese culture in this extraordinary country. Tove was brave enough to change her life dramatically at age 57 and embark on a new adventure in the third chapter of her life. She sold most of her possessions before putting on a backpack and going to China to teach English. She soon became successful and started her own school 『Miss Tove’s English School’ where she made a difference to thousands of Chinese children by teaching the students English as well as western culture.In this book you will follow Tove’s fascinating life as she continues to live the life she dreamed about having as a little girl in a village in Denmark.

About Author

Tove Vine who is also the author of T.I.C. This is China, was born in Denmark into a poor family; she was the 11th of 13 children. During her childhood there was a great deal of hardship, as it was often difficult for her parents to provide the necessities for the family. Due to the financial hardship, Tove had to leave school before her 15th birthday and make her own way in the world working as a maid and factory worker before obtaining a three-year apprenticeship in a large company and studying for a business college diploma part-time.

At age nineteen she ventured to London, where she worked as an au pair for a wealthy Jewish family and met her future Australian husband while on holiday with the family on Jersey Island in the English Channel. Three years later she immigrated to Australia, where she married and had one daughter.

The years in Australia were spent in Newcastle, Townsville and Brisbane working as a beauty consultant, a business owner and later as an accountant. Due to her lack of education, Tove never stopped studying in her spare time as a mature-aged student.

In 2003 Tove (now divorced) decided to change her life completely, selling most of her possessions and moving to China to become an English teacher. She wanted to fulfil a childhood dream of becoming a teacher and also wanted to live in China.

After one year working for an English training centre, Tove established her own school called “Miss Tove’s English School.”