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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...

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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

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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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...

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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

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 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...

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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

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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Tiger

Tiger
  • Author(s): Polly Clark
  • Location(s): Siberia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

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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Snowdrops

Snowdrops
  • Author(s): A D Miller
  • Location(s): Moscow, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Late 1990s -2000s

That’s what the Russians call them – the bodies that float up into the light in the thaw. Drunks, most of them, and homeless people who just give up and lie down into the whiteness, and murder victims hidden...

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow
  • Author(s): Amor Towles
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving...

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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,...

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