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The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Monte Carlo, Paris
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Based on the famous dance siblings: Vaslav Nijinsky and his brilliant sister Bronislava (Bronia) this is a story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. Beautifully blending fiction with...

Me, In Between

Me, In Between
  • Author(s): Julya Rabinowich, Claire Storey (Translator)
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Vienna
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1970s

Madina’s family have fled war to seek asylum in Europe and begin a hopeful new life. An ordinary world of fitting in at school, learning the language and forging friendships lies before Madina. Yet she finds herself caught between...

Arctic Star

Arctic Star
  • Author(s): Tom Palmer, Tom Clohosy Cole (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Plymouth, Russia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1943, WW2

Multi-award-winning author Tom Palmer returns with a thrilling naval adventure inspired by the incredible history of the Second World War Arctic convoys. Winter 1943. Teenagers Frank, Joseph and Stephen are Royal Navy recruits on their first mission at sea...

Rendezvous in Russia

Rendezvous in Russia
  • Author(s): Lauren St John
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From Cornwall to Russia. Laura, her faithful husky Skye and Tariq are whirled into a breathtaking mystery adventure when they join the film crew on the set of THE ARISTOCRATIC THIEF about an art heist that could never be...

To the Lake

To the Lake
  • Author(s): Yana Vagner, Maria Wiltshire (translator)
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation, Psychological Thriller

A deadly flu epidemic sweeps through Moscow, killing hundreds of thousands. Anya and her husband Sergey decide they have no choice but to flee to a lake in the far north of Russia.   Joining them on their journey...

Dancing for Stalin: A Dancer’s Story of Courage and Survival in Soviet Russia

Dancing for Stalin: A Dancer’s Story of Courage and Survival in Soviet Russia
  • Author(s): Christina Ezrahi
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Nina Anisimova was one of Russia’s most renowned ballerinas and one of the first Soviet female choreographers. Yet few knew that her exemplary career concealed a dark secret. In 1938, at the height of Stalin’s Great Terror, Nina was...

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad
  • Author(s): Debra Dean
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

The Madonnas of Leningrad, the first novel by Seattle professor Debra Dean, is the story of Marina, a young museum docent who takes refuge in the Hermitage during the 1941 siege of Leningrad. The paintings and artifacts are gone,...

The Ice Whisperers

The Ice Whisperers
  • Author(s): Helenka Stachera, Marco Guadalupi (Illustrator)
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): N/A

A haunting magical adventure about two sisters born 40,000 years apart, perfect for fans of Frostheart and The Wild Way Home. When Bela’s mother dies, she is summoned to deepest Siberia to stay with an uncle she’s never met....

The Amber Keeper

The Amber Keeper
  • Author(s): Freda Lightfoot
  • Location(s): Russia, The Lake District
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction, Romance
  • Era(s): Early / mid 20th Century

Set against the backdrop of revolutionary Russia, The Amber Keeper is a sweeping tale of jealousy and revenge, reconciliation and forgiveness. English Lake District, 1960s: A young Abbie Myers returns home after learning of her mother’s death. Estranged from...

Infraction

Infraction
  • Author(s): Yvonne Zipter
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Marya Zhukova is a woman of many passions. Her husband isn’t one of them. It’s mathematics and literature that captivate her, in part, but her lover, Vera, enthralls her most of all. These are, however, all dangerous obsessions in...

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