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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

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“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,...

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City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg

Author(s): Heather Reyes

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Various

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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...

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Crash

Crash

Author(s): Toby Vintcent

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Contemporary

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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...

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Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches

Author(s): Fitzroy MacLean

Location(s): Central Asia, China, North Africa, Russia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 1930s/40s

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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...

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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

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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...

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Love in the strangest of places

Love in the strangest of places

Author(s): M Alexander

Location(s): Bangkok, London, Moscow

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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...

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Love is Blind

Love is Blind

Author(s): William Boyd

Location(s): Edinburgh, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): Late 19th & early 20th centuries

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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...

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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

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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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The Siege

The Siege

Author(s): Helen Dunmore

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1940s

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Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers -Anna and Andrei, Anna’s novelist father and banned actress Marina...

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The White Russian

The White Russian

Author(s): Tom Bradby

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Historical, Mystery

Era(s): 1917

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St Petersburg 1917. The capital of the glittering Empire of the Tsars and a city on the brink of revolution where the jackals of the Secret Police intrigue for their own survival as their aristocratic masters indulge in one...

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