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Behind Putin’s Curtain

Behind Putin’s Curtain
  • Author(s): Stephan Orth
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

“In the late summer of 2016,” writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, “a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory.” In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real,...

City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Heather Reyes
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

This series celebrates every aspect of Russia’s most legendary city – essential reading for travellers and lovers of wonderful writing about Russia. Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage Anna Pavlova describes her school days Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a...

Crash

Crash
  • Author(s): Toby Vintcent
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Formula One driver Remy Sabatino is leading the Drivers’ Championship, in a car that is the quickest of the season by far. But that also means Sabatino’s Russian teammate is the fastest too…Their rivalry couldn’t be more toxic ahead...

Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches
  • Author(s): Fitzroy MacLean
  • Location(s): Central Asia, China, North Africa, Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1930s/40s

Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy...

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story
  • Author(s): Andrea Bennett
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’. But she’d...

Last Flight to Stalingrad

Last Flight to Stalingrad
  • Author(s): Graham Hurley
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

Berlin, 1942. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, the dizzying victory of the last four years has felt like a party without end. But the Reich’s attention has turned East, and as winter sets in,...

Love in the strangest of places

Love in the strangest of places
  • Author(s): M Alexander
  • Location(s): Bangkok, London, Moscow

Dan changes his mind on holiday to Bangkok. He sees the girls and the drinks and forgets about work with the rest but something is not right. He returns to London and takes the chance of redundancy when it...

Love is Blind

Love is Blind
  • Author(s): William Boyd
  • Location(s): Paris, Edinburgh, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 19th & early 20th centuries

This is William Boyd’s sweeping, heart-stopping new novel. Set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is...

The Archipelago of Another Life

The Archipelago of Another Life
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

On the far eastern borders of the Soviet Union, in the sunset of Stalin’s reign, soldiers are training for a war that could end all wars, for in the atomic age man has sown the seeds of his own...

The Secret Wife

The Secret Wife
  • Author(s): Gill Paul
  • Location(s): New York State, Russia, San Francisco
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century and 2011

A Russian grand duchess and an English journalist. Linked by one of the world’s greatest mysteries . . . Love. Guilt. Heartbreak. 1914 Russia is on the brink of collapse, and the Romanov family faces a terrifyingly uncertain future....

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