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Vesna Maric

Vesna Maric was born in Mostar in 1976. She left Bosnia-Herzegovina when she was sixteen on a convoy of Bosnian refugees heading to the Lake District, later moving to Hull and Exeter. She studied Czech literature at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London. She went on to work for the BBC World Service and now writes Lonely Planet travel guides and a variety of journalism for publications including Time Out and BBC Online. An excerpt from Bluebird won a Decibel Penguin Prize for new writing in 2007.


Bluebird: A Memoir

Vesna Maric

Vesna Maric left Bosnia the beginning of the war, at the age of sixteen, on a convoy of coaches carrying refugees to Penrith in the north of England. Bluebird is Vesna’s funny, vivid and immensely readable memoir of the experience, from the beginning of the war through to her eventual return to Bosnia years later. Unlike many books on Bosnia, and refugees in general, Bluebird is never self-pitying, never grave. It’s refreshing to read an account of these experiences filtered through the eyes of a teenager with attitude – written with brilliant comic timing and a great storytelling gift.