In 1982, we travelled in our old VW Beetle through the former East Germany and Czechoslovakia, to Hungary. We had planned to come for just one year, but thirty years later we are still living in Budapest.
We were the first - and only - British couple to live and work in Hungary under communism.
When the regime collapsed, I felt compelled to write about a world that was disappearing and to answer the constant question: What was it like living in a communist country?
I hope Now You See It, Now You Don't will transport you back to that world, while House of Cards will show you how the end of communism did not bring what Hungarians had hoped.
These two books show you exactly what it was like to live and work among ordinary Hungarians for the seven years before, and the seven years after communism ended.
Lucy Mallows, Budapest Sun:
"The book is a must for anyone interested in the day to day life of Hungary in the '80s."
Bob Dent, Budapest Times:
"It is a real pleasure to read Marion Merrick's very well written text.... You feel you are right there yourself as she 'tells it how it was', amid the minutiae of everyday life."
"It is this detail which makes the story highly entertaining, fascinating and resonant."
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