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Book Review: Duncan J.D. Smith’s Only In Vienna

‘The City is My Jungle’ An “urban explorer” is how Duncan J.D. Smith defined himself. After a life-time of foreign adventures and some two decades of travel writing that has included the acclaimed Only In… series, Smith was at Vienna’s British Bookshop for an evening of slides and stories for an audience of several dozen friends […]

Book Review: The Extraordinary Ordinary, by Andrena Woodhams

Love in Vienna: Death and Transfiguration Every time I land at Vienna’s Schwechat airport, I sense it. It is a palpable feeling of heaviness in the air, a life that is slower-paced, a curious sensation that everything around me is so solid that it will be here forever. When I first moved to Vienna, this deep […]

Literary Events: May 2010

Literary Events: May 2010

INTRO TO NEUROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING Peter Schütz focuses his evening lecture on basic NLP ideas: self-management, coaching, clever use of words and body language, and psychodynamics for personal and professional use. Schütz is an accredited European psychotherapist, consultant and business mediator. May 9, 19:00-21:00 The British Bookshop 1., Weihburggasse 24 (01) 512 19 450 www.britishbookshop.at    […]

Book Review: The Wedding in Auschwitz, by Erich Hackl

Love and Life Under Duress At first glance, The Wedding in Auschwitz could be just another wartime romance novel. The title – and indeed the accolade the typically adorns mass market paperbacks – allude to yet another cheap melodrama. But upon closer inspection, the reader comes to understand that Auschwitz is much more than this. […]

The Books Are Back

The pace of events surrounding the agonies of the British Bookshop last autumn was worthy of a Hollywood thriller. On Nov. 17 2008, Vienna’s book lovers were shocked to learn that The British Bookshop, the city’s largest and oldest English-language bookstore, had filed for bankruptcy. And then, just as the ink was drying on the […]

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