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Bratislava City Guide. Lucy Mallows. Paperback: 248 pages. Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides, 2009.“Bratislava doesn’t bellow its beauty, but states its case quietly and insistently, until you wake one morning and realise you’re in love,” Lucy Mallows starts her guidebook for travellers to the capital of Slovakia.

Bratislava City Guide. Lucy Mallows. Paperback: 248 pages. Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides, 2009.
“Bratislava doesn’t bellow its beauty, but states its case quietly and insistently, until you wake one morning and realise you’re in love,” Lucy Mallows starts her guidebook for travellers to the capital of Slovakia.

“Small but perfectly formed and easily negotiated, Bratislava is the ideal weekend-break destination,” Mallows writes about the city, which she says she has been visiting for 25 years.
Thanks to her rich experience with the Little Big City on the Danube, she gives a comprehensive overview of the city’s history, politics and people as well as useful tips for accommodation, eating out, night life and shopping. Suggestions for walking tours illustrated with maps are a part of the guide too, as well as a couple of tips for trips beyond the city.

Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction. Ken Binmore. Paperback: 186 pages. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Games are played whenever people interact, whenever there are strategies to adopt and outcomes or prizes to win. And that means games are played everywhere. Game theory is the study of such games, what happens when they are played rationally and how we can predict their outcomes, the introductory cover notes read. This book shows how game theory can be understood without mathematical equations, and how, from one simple premise, there springs a remarkably rich theory that has already had a profound effect on the sciences.

Snakes in Suits: When psychopaths go to work. Paul Babiak and Robert D. Hare. Paperback: 336 pages. Publisher: Harper Collins Publisher, 2007.

“Unfortunately, there are some individuals in the business world who allow the responsibilities of leadership and the perks of power to override their moral sense,” the preface to this book reads. Snakes in Suits reveals the psychopath’s secrets, introduces the ways in which they manipulate and deceive, and helps readers see through their games, the notes on the cover of the book read.

I Served the King of England. Bohumil Hrabal. Paperback: 243 pages. Publisher: Vintage, 2006.

I Served the King of England, which together with Hrabal’s other works such as Closely Observed Trains or Too Loud a Solitude belonging among the best of Czech literature, is a story of how the unbelievable came true. Its remarkable hero is a hotel waiter who rises to become a millionaire and then loses it all again against the backdrop of events in Prague, from the German invasion to the victory of Communism.

Mere Anarchy. Woody Allen. Paperback: 160 pages. Publisher: Ebury Press, 2008.

Surreal, absurd, rich in verbal play, bitingly satirical and just plain daft, is Woody Allen’s first new collection of humour in over 25 years, according to the cover notes. In the book, he tells a story about a body double kidnapped by outlaws or gives a suggestion on how to react when you’re asked to finance a Broadway play about the invention and manufacture of the adjustable showerhead.

More books available in English:

Oxford Student’s Dictionary for Learners using English to Study Other Subjects. Paperback: 806 pages. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Plain Tales from the Hills. Rudyard Kipling. Paperback: 280. Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2009.

This column is a selection by The Slovak Spectator of books recently released in Slovakia; it does not represent an endorsement of any of the books selected. The column is prepared in cooperation with the Oxford Bookshop Bratislava.

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