/Eastern Europe
  • Last Days in Old Europe: Trieste ’79, Vienna ’85, Prague ’89

    Richard Bassett

    RB embraced Trieste in our Cuckoo Press piece of 2013. Here is the fully-fledged version, with RB as hornist in the Ljubljana opera house, then as Times Foreign Correspondent in Vienna and Warsaw. A memoir of both ease and grit in the last decade of the Cold War, full of irony, subtlety and humour

    Hardback £16.99
  • Unbreakable

    Richard Askwith

    The story of an unsung heroine, Lata Brandisova: an impoverished Czech aristocrat who won the Great Pardubice steeplechase in 1937 in the teeth of Nazi pressures.

    Hardback £16.99
  • Omer Pasha Latas, Marshall to the Sultan

    Ivo Andric

    The first English translation of this novel, set in 1850s Sarajevo, with its complex overlappings of three religions. From the author of ‘The Bridge over the Drina’.

    Other £9.99
  • Patrick Leigh Fermor: Noble Encounters Between Budapest and Transylvania

    Michael O'Sullivan

    Identifies many of the characters in PLF’s ‘Between the Woods and the Water’, interviewing several of their descendants and meticulously recreating his time spent among the Hungarian nobility.

    Paperback £18.99
  • The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America

    Timothy Snyder

    The eminent Yale professor is a vociferous and learned defender of our institutions, under threat as they are from C21st propaganda and agitation. His exploration of what has happened in Ukraine in the last few years, among other things, leaves little room for doubt about Russian involvement in affairs at the heart of the US presidency. This is a brilliant analysis, and all the more disturbing because Snyder is an historian, not  a journalist or politician.

    Hardback £25.00
  • Hungary: A Short History

    Norman Stone

    The distinguished historian of Central Europe tells this story with forthright, and characteristic, zest.

    This book has been delayed until early January 2019: we can certainly take orders for it as usual but please be aware that copies will not arrive in time for Christmas…

    Hardback £16.99
  • The Power Of The Powerless

    Vaclav Havel

    We sold a great many of Havel’s collection ‘Living in Truth’ at Sandoe’s in 1990 because it taught us how totalitarian states worked. How astonishing to find it listed by Timothy Snyder (see below, Some of our Recent Favourites) in his ‘On Tyranny’ as the most essential book for people to learn how to protect their democracies. And that it is out of print… Here, however is a reprint of the central essay – with an introduction by Snyder.

    Paperback £6.99
  • Drive your Plow over the Bones of the Dead

    Olga Tokarczuk

    From the author of ‘Flights’, this is an entertaining noir novel suffused with William Blake, astrological lore, and the landscapes of middle Europe.

    Paperback £12.99
  • Cule: Fortified Houses Between Glory and Ruin

    Cristian Bracacescu

    One of three rather remarkable books on Romanian vernacular architecture. Illustrated.

    Hardback £30.00