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Books in English now available in Slovakia

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Millennium III. Stieg Larsson. McLehose Press, 2010 (first published in the UK in 2009).

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. Millennium III. Stieg Larsson. McLehose Press, 2010 (first published in the UK in 2009).

This final volume of the Millennium Trilogy is the culmination of a mesmerising work of fiction that originally appeared in Swedish. The three crime novels make up the story of a social outsider, Lisbeth Salander. In this final instalment she is judged mentally ill by the authorities and wrongly accused of attempted murder. Closely guarded in a hospital and up against corrupt officials, she seems to have little chance of proving her innocence. Lisbeth can only avoid her fate with the help of Mikael Blomkvist and the other journalists at Millennium magazine. The Millennium Trilogy has been translated into numerous languages and become a huge global bestseller.

Oxford Dictionary of Law. Oxford University Press, Seventh edition, 2009.

This recent edition is an authoritative source of jargon-free legal information, explaining major terms and concepts, and the organisation of the English legal system. Useful for students, professionals and anyone wanting a handy guide to legal terminology.

The Secret Symbol. The Original Masonic Documents behind Dan Brown’s New Bestseller. Profile Books Ltd, 2009. Edited and with an introduction by Peter Blackstock.

This book exposes the mysteries of the hidden world of Freemasonry that have fascinated many people worldwide, especially the readers of Dan Brown’s bestselling novel The Secret Symbol. Some of these rare texts reveal arcane and chilling rites of initiation, while others uncover Freemasonry’s hidden links to the early history of the USA and show that Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were both Freemasons.

Mere Anarchy. Woody Allen. Random House Group Company, 2008.

Woody Allen’s first new collection of humour in more than 25 years includes tales of a body double-kidnapped by outlaws; a pretentious writer forced to work on the novelisation of a Three Stooges film; crooks selling bespoke prayers on eBay, and more. Allen offers his hallmark surreal, absurd, satirical and plain daft style to fans of his fiction after a long break.

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, located at Laurinská 9.

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