Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria

Published by:


Portobello UK 2008


Penguin NZ 2008


Ciela Books, Bulgaria


Skyhorse USA 2009





Shortlisted for the Dolman Travel Book Award


Final selection for 2009 Prix du livre


'Street Without a Name' was selected by Jan Morris as her book of the year for the Financial Times.



"A fascinating book at once evocative, disturbing, and chock-a-block full of charm."

Jan Morris


"Not many books on the travel shelves have the force of revelation, but this one does. Kapka Kassabova leads us into a country most of us have hardly read about with an elegant assurance, an acid wit and a heart-rending precision that can make you see the world quite differently. This book is a treasure."

Pico Iyer


"Kapka Kassabova's uncanny ability to recall her childhood perceptions in all their intense purity gives us a unique memoir of what it was like to grow up in a Communist satellite country. In the mosaic of books about the bad old days, this book is the piece that was always missing. Now we have it, and it shines."

Clive James


"Kapka Kassabova's poignant evocation of a childhood spent under one-party rule is complemented by her sharply observed and devastating account of her return to post-communist Bulgaria. Her skilful blend of memoir and travelogue offers a highly readable introduction to a rarely described corner of Europe."

Vesna Goldsworthy


       Guardian, Feb 2009




       Guardian, Jul 2008


       Sunday Herald


       The Times


       NZ Herald



UK hardback

Swedish cover

Bulgarian cover