The Thing about Prague: How I gave it all up for a new life in Europe's most eccentric city

The Thing about Prague: How I gave it all up for a new life in Europe's most eccentric city Review

The bestselling author of "Me, Myself & Prague" looks for a new life in one of Europe's most beautiful and idiosyncratic cities. A smart and very funny memoir about the highs and lows of trying to establish a life in a place that values beer and potatoes above everything else!

'I'd like to say that my decision to move to Prague permanently was based on something grand and noble - a desire to trace my roots, a sense of adventure, my literary heart yearning to burst into flower in the sweet soil of Old Europe - but I can't. The truth is that I had nothing better to do.'

When Rachael Weiss left a good job, Thelma the cat and a normal life in Sydney for the romantic dream of being a writer in Prague she intended to stay forever. She lasted just three years, exasperated by the eccentricities of her ancestral city and the mind-boggling bureaucracy and customs of a country that values beer and potatoes above everything else.

In this surprising and generous memoir full of warmth and unstoppable sociability, Rachael attempts to write her great novel, buy an apartment (any apartment!), dodge unscrupulous employers, and perhaps find love. She gets lost in the woods with a Kyrgyzstani software engineer who wants to eat humans, finds herself leading services at the Spanish synagogue with no real idea of what she was doing and spends long nights drinking beer with a colourful cast of crazy, warm and slightly mad locals and expats.

Rich in absurdities and gentle humour, The Thing About Pragueis rife with insight, culture clashes, friendships and above all charm.

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  • Klára Va?ková

    At the very beginning I have to say that I like books about people moving into different countries. I’ve read Almost French, Merde and some more. However, this book was different for me – being Cz...

  • Johanna Breen

    I read Rachel Weiss's 'Me, Myself and Prague' in my first few months of a two year spell of living in Prague. At times when I was reading it I was able to feel smug and self-satisfied about her fallin...

  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)

    At the age of 41, and experiencing something of a mid life crisis, writer Rachael Weiss decided to leave behind her life in Australia and move permanently to Prague, lured by the thought of "cobbled s...

  • Lysergius

    Not quite reflecting the current situation in Czechia/Prague but most of the elements are still here. I suspect that the Foreign Police are a little more organised, but their decisions can still seem ...

  • Zdenek Hadascok

    It's good but... But it's not exactly ABOUT Prague. It is about author desperately trying to find a place and work while living in Prague.She expresses her increasing frustration with Czech (but not o...

  • Mark Glover

    Me, Myself and Prague was a book I stumbled upon in a secondhand bookshop and being very much a fan of the city and having imagined myself undertaking the similarly romantic notion to move there at so...

  • Chris Couzens

    "The Thing about Prague" was as much about the author as it was about Prague.The book brought back quite a few memories of Prague which I appreciated.Some of the chapters are better than others. My 2 ...

  • Kirsten Hivon

    This book was good, but wow was it repetitive! So many of her friends seemed exactly the same with the same lives and even tastes in furniture, it was hard to keep them straight. No wonder I felt this...

  • Jo

    Read this book in Prague and I did indeed buy it at the Shakespeare bookshop. I left it in the hotel as it seemed fitting to pass on to someone else enjoying Prague. Very good read. Slightly saddened ...

  • Sallyann Van leeuwen

    Having just been to Prague I was keen to read this and be entranced by the secretst of the city. I had google maps open and was keen to plot the sites mentioned on the map. This only lasted for the fi...