Balkan intrigue aside, Mr. Cuddon offers a thorough description of geography with points of interest to sightseers in bold face, a fifty-page appendix of general practical information (take two sizes of stoppers for the sink), and lists of places to ski, fish, swim, or hunt. As for where to stay or eat, there is only a list of hotels (none of restaurants) and the notation that their quality is changeable. First published in England, the book appears here as the eighth in the Companion Guide Series. The author, an English novelist, tends to oversalt his book with Yugoslav proverbs. Otherwise, the text is quite bland.