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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (9 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841623261
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841623269
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 407,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Laurence Mitchell was born in the English West Midlands but has spent most of his adult life based in Norwich, Norfolk. Formerly a geography teacher he first turned his hand to travel writing almost a decade ago. As well as the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk at his doorstep he is also drawn to overseas destinations that lie well off the beaten track - those places that Colin Thubron describes as the 'nerve-ends of the world': transition zones and cultural frontiers like Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus region.

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'A good introduction to the country.' The Independent

About the Author

Laurence Mitchell is a travel writer and photographer. He first visited Serbia in the 1970s when hitch-hiking through the former Yugoslavia. He is the author of Bradt's Kyrgyzstan.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Branislav Rabotic on 29 Mar. 2005
Format: Paperback
While other and widely known publishers of travel literature hesitated to launch a guidebook on Serbia, people at the Bradt took advantage of being the first company to print such a guide in English, which by itself represents a policy that should be respected. The book is authored by Laurence Mitchell, and this is his first contribution to the Bradt guides. It is undoubtedly one of the most significant moments in the development of tourism in Serbia today. Good connoisseurs know very well how difficult and complicated Serbia is, or what might be the problems that the author had to solve while collecting data and checking out the situation on the spot. What is the outcome of such an effort?

First of all, the Bradt's Serbia is an amazingly informative, surprisingly accurate and incredibly honest book. The whole text is well structured and consists of 9 chapters, including background information on geography, history (by the way, the complicated, eventful and turbulent history of the Serbian nation has excellently been explained), Art and architecture, literature, even cinema and music. The author made use of additional 'boxes' throughout his book in order to focus the reader's attention on some more detailed explanations, such as biographies of various historical personalities, important events, local customs, offbeat attractions and sights, and the like. After paging through this book one almost feels intimately knowledgeable with Serbia's history, the people and culture.

Laurence Mitchell has shown remarkable insight into many aspects and literally all geographical regions of this country, offering to his readers and travelers alike not only a lot of valuable and practical information but also his sincere comments on some subject themes.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A G Wonsowski on 19 Oct. 2005
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I have recently spent six weeks travelling around Serbia, and I quite simply couldn't have done it, or had so much fun doing it, without this guide. It's background information section is well-researched and accurate, especially when it comes to the history of a country still demonised and misunderstood. The guides to each region of Serbia, and of the cities to visit and what to do and see, are amazingly accurate and insightful; and his directions to hard to reach monasteries, churches and castles are unfaillingly accurate. If you are thinking of visiting this fantastic, and almost unknown, country, then this guide is the only one that provides you with all the information you will need to see and do all you want. I really can't stress enough how useful this guide was to me, and how will written and researched it is. The author's enthusiasm for Serbia is evident on every page, and I used it not only as a travel guide, but also for reading at leisure.
This is the best travel guide I have used for any country, and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nomad on 14 Feb. 2007
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I used this guide for travel in Serbia last year and found it extremely useful: a good balance of practical information and interesting background detail. I particularly liked the separate boxes that covered a wide range of Serbian topics from Tito to Turbo-folk. The author's obvious enthusiasm for the country is also worth mentioning, although he is not afraid of stern criticism where he feels it is appropriate.

Unfortunately,guidebooks inevitably go out of date quickly.In the case of the Serbia travel guide, the reason why there are no listings for Belgrade's hostels is that these had not been opened when the book was published.Most of the hostels did not open for business until summer 2005 or 2006, AFTER the book was published (I should know, as I stayed in some of them). In fact, the Lonely Planet 'Best of Belgrade' guide does not list these either and was not published until June 2006!

According to Amazon, a new edition of the Bradt guide will be available this summer so perhaps this matter will be addressed then. In the meantime, I heartily commend this edition of the guide.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jen13 on 23 Sept. 2010
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Well, the title says it all - if you're visiting Serbia, then take this book. Apart from there not being a wide selection of Serbian guidebooks out there, it's a really good guide book it itself.

The book tends to cover a small selection of what's on in Serbia in-depth, rather than provide information on the entire country. The book also tends to focus on historical sights - it was absolutely excellent for visiting the concentration camp at Nis, as there were no explanatory notices in English and the book was the only way of interpreting the photos. The flip side is that there's a sparsity of information on other types of sights; this means that unless you speak reasonable Serbian you might be struggling if you go somewhere not detailed in the book - for example, we went to Niska Banja and enjoyed chilling out there, but couldn't figure out how to get into the pools or why it was so busy. However, for visiting cities in Serbia, this book is perfect.

The book is also an interesting read in itself, as it contains a pretty good potted history of the area, and notes on Serbian culture and food (and Serbian food is excellent!). Even in the guide sections, which are usually reasonably dry, the author's experiences were sometimes thought-provoking - particularly in the section on Kosovo.

There's a particularly detailed section on Belgrade, covering a wide variety of places to eat out, stay, and things to do, and places within easy travelling distance from central Belgrade, like Zemun.

Our only major problem was that some of the book is out of date, which is inevitable with guide books, so you'll need to gather your information online as well as from this book. We were gutted that the Scottish theme pub in Belgrade was no more, as I was really curious to find out what it was like!
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