B is for Ballad of the Whiskey Robber

The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein

I will never stop raving about The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber by Julian Rubinstein. I have only written a handful of blogposts here and i'm sure i've already mentioned this book twice. But I love it so much. It is the most recent book to join my list of favourite books, and I recommend it to people constantly.

Unfortunately I do not own a physical copy having only listened to the audiobook, but if you would like to read this book I recommend the audiobook as an excellent means of reading it. (Link Here) It was recorded by Rubinstein as a radio play, as opposed to simply a dictation of the book and the performance is excellent. Yesterday I tried to track down a physical copy in a bookshop but nowhere in London seems to have it as apparently it is out of print. Why? I don't know, because it is truly excellent and I feel compelled to single handedly start a revival of this book and get it back in print and in every bookshop.

The story is so compelling, it is the true story of Atilla Ambrus a Romanian born Hungarian who smuggles himself into post-communist Hungary in the early 1990s and carries out a series of bank robberies which he gets away with for years. I don't want to say more without giving too many spoilers, because (apologies for my repetitiveness) you must read this book! Rubinstein tells the story so well, it is really beautifully written and contains some interesting insights into the history of both Hungary and Romania and casts a critical eye on the West's attitude towards Eastern Europe in the post communist years.