World Rights have gone to Bradt Guides for journalist Mary Novakovich’s MY FAMILY AND OTHER ENEMIES, a part travelogue, part memoir that dives into the hinterland of Croatia.

The region of Lika, where her Serbian parents were born, is little known to most travellers – apart from Plitvice Lakes National Park and the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. This book weaves the author’s deep family connection to the region in Croatia with stories of people whose experiences had never been reported during the 1990s, when the devastation in Croatia was quickly superseded by the Bosnian conflict and media attention moved elsewhere.

2022 marks 30 years since the beginning of the war in neighbouring Bosnia, and the book will be published in August 2022.

Mary Novakovich is an award-winning freelance journalist and travel writer based in Hertfordshire. For more than 35 years, she has worked as a journalist, including at the BBC, before going freelance in 1997. Since 1999, she has been focusing on travel writing and contributes regularly to UK publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Evening Standard and many others. She is also the contributing travel editor of The Lady magazine.

Born to Serbian parents from Croatia, she has written extensively about the countries of the former Yugoslavia, in particular Croatia and Serbia, which she first visited in 1976. She has written several guidebooks on Croatia for Insight Guides and Berlitz over the years. She also reported on a story for From Our Own Correspondent for BBC World Service in December 2011, about her aunt who became the only survivor of a 1941 massacre of a village by the Croats, in which her great-grandmother perished.