Vesna Goldsworthy is Professor in English Literature and Creative Writing at Kingston University and the author of several widely translated and award-winning volumes. Following Inventing Ruritania, she published a best-selling memoir, Chernobyl Strawberries in 2005, which was serialized in The Times and read by Goldsworthy herself as Book of the Week on BBC Radio 4, and a Crashaw Prize winning poetry collection, The Angel of Salonika, one of The Times' Best Poetry Books of 2011.
"Goldsworthy has done enough research to found an academic department ... Inventing Ruritania is a sober, thoughtful and perceptive examination of an entertainment industry." -- Washington Post
"A wonderful study, which incisively analyzes Western stereotypes about the region."-- Carlin Romano, Chronicle of Higher Education
"There is a rich literary vein to be mined here, and Goldsworthy has a nice critical eye."
--Tony Judt, New Republic