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The Snow Hare

The Snow Hare
  • Author(s): Paula Lichtarowicz
  • Location(s): Siberia, Poland
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW2

An unforgettable love story set in Siberia during the Second World War and of living with impossible choices. Lena knows she hasn’t got long left. While a nurse administers morphine to ease her pain, she relives her life. Growing...

The Translator

The Translator
  • Author(s): Harriet Crawley
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Spy, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

A highly topical thriller about a Russian plot to cut the undersea communication cables linking the US to the UK. Also, a passionate love story between two people determined to stop this cataclysmic act. Clive Franklin, a Russian language...

Tolstoy’s Beard

Tolstoy’s Beard
  • Author(s): Susana Cory-Wright
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Russia is on the brink of civil war, the Tolstoy household is in turmoil and despite a promise to relocate to Moscow from the country, the move has not brought harmony. Sixteen-year-old Tatiana observes the warzone of her parents’...

The Bastard Factory

The Bastard Factory
  • Author(s): Chris Kraus, Ruth Martin (translator)
  • Location(s): Germany, Moscow, Riga, Tel Aviv
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1905-1975

Chris Kraus’ The Bastard Factory tells the story of an entire epoch: a drama of betrayal and self-delusion spanning the years 1905 to 1975, taking us from Riga to Moscow, Berlin and Munich all the way to Tel Aviv....

The Circus Train

The Circus Train
  • Author(s): Amita Parikh
  • Location(s): Eastern Europe, Europe, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Disability, Historical
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century - WW2

Europe, 1938. Even as the daughter of the extraordinary headlining illusionist, Lena Papadopoulos has never quite found her place within the World of Wonders – a travelling circus that traverses the continent in a luxury steam engine. Brilliant and...

Punishment of a Hunter

Punishment of a Hunter
  • Author(s): Yulia Yakovleva, Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Translator)
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime, Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1930s

MURDER 1930s Leningrad. Stalin is tightening his grip on the Soviet Union, and a mood of fear cloaks the city. Detective Vasily Zaitsev is tasked with investigating a series of bizarre and seemingly motiveless homicides. MAYHEM As the curious...

After She’d Gone

After She’d Gone
  • Author(s): Alex Dahl
  • Location(s): Italy, Russia, Sandefjord
  • Genre(s): Crime, Thriller
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Unsettling, gripping and glamorous. A timely psychological thriller about the danger of beauty, the lure of power, and the fierce love of a mother for her son. Liv keeps a low profile in Sandefjord, Norway: she’s just another tired...

The Last Russian Doll

The Last Russian Doll
  • Author(s): Kristen Loesch
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): Looking back to early 20th Century

A haunting, epic novel about betrayal, revenge, and redemption that follows three generations of Russian women, from the 1917 revolution to the last days of the Soviet Union, and the enduring love story at the center. In a faraway...

Exit Rostov

Exit Rostov
  • Author(s): Henry Virgin
  • Location(s): Rostov on Don, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Coming of Age
  • Era(s): 1996

Travelling through Central Asia in 1996, Frederick Lyre learns of his best friend’s disappearance and changes plans to go and find him. Picking up the trail in Moscow, he ventures south to the post Soviet depths of Rostov-on-Don and...

Edith and Kim

Edith and Kim
  • Author(s): Charlotte Philby
  • Location(s): Europe, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

To betray, you must first belong… In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The woman who introduced them was called Edith Tudor-Hart. She changed the course of 20th century history. Then she was...

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