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New books in English

Really learn 100 phrasal verbs for business. Paperback: 110 pages. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Really learn 100 phrasal verbs for business. Paperback: 110 pages. Oxford University Press, 2005.


This book contains 100 of the most frequently used phrasal verbs in the world of business, each of which is presented on a single page, with examples and exercises designed to show both the meaning and the situations in which the word is most commonly used, the editor writes in the introduction.

Trees. Pavol Hanzel and Kliment Ondrejka. Paperback: 128 pages. Dajama, 2008.


This guidebook, available in both Slovak and English languages, is a part of Dajama’s series entitled Natural Heritage of Slovakia, which has already featured guidebooks of the most beautiful and highest peaks and the minerals of Slovakia. Trees are one of Slovakia’s significant natural resources and their widespread habitat creates natural charm and an attractive country landscapes, the authors write in the introduction.

The Firm. John Grisham. Paperback: 490 pages. Arrow Books, 2007.


One of the most famous books by John Grisham, which the Sunday Times called ‘a furiously paced thriller’, tells the story of young promising lawyer, Mitch McDeere, who placed third in his class at Harvard and chooses a small, well-respected law firm in which to start his career. But soon the nightmare begins: secret files, bugs in the bedroom, mysterious deaths of his colleagues, and millions of dollars of mafia money pouring through the firm’s office into the Caymans.

Emma. Jane Austen. Paperback: 402 pages. Oxford University Press, 2008.


Deemed her finest and most representative novel by many modern readers, Emma was something of a mystery to Austen’s contemporaries. Emma Woodhouse, the lively heroine of this novel, schemes to find a suitable husband for her friend Harriet only to discover that she understands the feelings of another as little as she does her own heart. From this simple plot, Austen evokes for her readers a detailed portrait of a small town undergoing historical transition.

The Incredible Human Journey. Alice Roberts. Hardback: 384 pages. Bloomsbury, 2009.


Alice Roberts has been travelling the world – from an Ethiopian desert to the Malay Peninsula and from the Russian steppes to the Amazon basin – in order to understand the challenges that early humans faced as they tried to settle continents. On her travels she witnessed some of the daunting and brutal challenges our ancestors had to face: mountains, deserts, oceans, changing climates, terrifying giant beasts and volcanoes. Part detective story, part travelogue, and drawing on the latest genetic and archaeological discoveries, Roberts examines how our ancestors evolved physically in response to these challenges.

Manias, Panics and Crashes. A History of Financial Crises. Charles P. Kindleberger and Robert Aliber. Paperback: 310 pages. Wiley, 2005.


One of the most highly regarded books on market crises is entertaining, exhaustive, and thoroughly engaging. Since its introduction in 1978, it has charted a new landscape in the volatile world of financial markets. The book probes the most recent “natural disasters” of the markets – from Black Monday to the Japanese boom and bust, from the Sterling crisis and Peso devaluation to the “bubble” of technology stocks at the turn of the millennium. The authors’ sharply drawn history reveals a common thread emerging from manias, panics, and crashes: they are associated with greed and avarice.

This column is a selection by The Slovak Spectator of English-language 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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