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Cilka’s Journey

Cilka’s Journey

Author(s): Heather Morris

Location(s): Auschwitz, Siberia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): WW2

In 1942 Cilka Klein is just sixteen years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly...

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Agent Running in the Field

Agent Running in the Field

Author(s): John le Carré

Location(s): London, Moscow

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Present day

Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the...

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Tiger

Tiger

Author(s): Polly Clark

Location(s): Siberia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Modern

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Set across two continents, Tiger is a sweeping story of survival and redeeming love that plunges the reader into one of the world’s last wildernesses with blistering authenticity. Frieda is a primatologist, sensitive and solitary, until a violent attack...

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I Was Anastasia

I Was Anastasia

Author(s): Ariel Lawhon

Location(s): Germany, Russia

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Era(s): Early 20th Century

Russia, July 17, 1918 Under direct orders from Vladimir Lenin, Bolshevik secret police force Anastasia Romanov, along with the entire imperial family, into a damp basement in Siberia where they face a merciless firing squad. None survive. At least...

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The House of Special Purpose

The House of Special Purpose

Author(s): John Boyne

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Early 20th Century

Russia, 1915: Sixteen year old farmer’s son Georgy Jachmenev steps in front of an assassin’s bullet intended for a senior member of the Russian Imperial Family and is instantly proclaimed a hero. Rewarded with the position of bodyguard to...

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The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown

Author(s): Sarah Miller

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Young Adult

Era(s): Early 20th Century

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand–first headstrong Olga, then Tatiana the tallest, Maria most hopeful for a ring, and Anastasia the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses living a...

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The Romanov Empress

The Romanov Empress

Author(s): C W Gortner

Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Turn of 20th Century

Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage—as her older sister Alix has done, moving to  England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son....

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Lost Roses

Lost Roses

Author(s): Martha Hall Kelly

Location(s): Long Island, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW1

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a...

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Dr Zhivago

Dr Zhivago

Author(s): Boris Pasternak

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Russian Revolution

Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains,...

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War and Peace

War and Peace

Author(s): Leo Tolstoy

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 1800s

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever....

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