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The Chosen Maiden

The Chosen Maiden
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Monte Carlo, Paris
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): 20th century

Based on the famous dance siblings: Vaslav Nijinsky and his brilliant sister Bronislava (Bronia) this is a story of a remarkable dancer who charts her own course through the tumultuous years of early twentieth-century Europe. Beautifully blending fiction with...

Me, In Between

Me, In Between
  • Author(s): Julya Rabinowich, Claire Storey (Translator)
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Vienna
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): 1970s

Madina’s family have fled war to seek asylum in Europe and begin a hopeful new life. An ordinary world of fitting in at school, learning the language and forging friendships lies before Madina. Yet she finds herself caught between...

Rendezvous in Russia

Rendezvous in Russia
  • Author(s): Lauren St John
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): Contemporary

From Cornwall to Russia. Laura, her faithful husky Skye and Tariq are whirled into a breathtaking mystery adventure when they join the film crew on the set of THE ARISTOCRATIC THIEF about an art heist that could never be...

The Madonnas of Leningrad

The Madonnas of Leningrad
  • Author(s): Debra Dean
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1941

The Madonnas of Leningrad, the first novel by Seattle professor Debra Dean, is the story of Marina, a young museum docent who takes refuge in the Hermitage during the 1941 siege of Leningrad. The paintings and artifacts are gone,...

Infraction

Infraction
  • Author(s): Yvonne Zipter
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 19th century

Marya Zhukova is a woman of many passions. Her husband isn’t one of them. It’s mathematics and literature that captivate her, in part, but her lover, Vera, enthralls her most of all. These are, however, all dangerous obsessions in...

The Blackbird Girls

The Blackbird Girls
  • Author(s): Anne Blankman
  • Location(s): Ukraine, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1986 and 1941

Like Ruta Sepetys for middle grade, Anne Blankman pens a poignant and timeless story of friendship that twines together moments in underexplored history. On a spring morning, neighbors Valentina Kaplan and Oksana Savchenko wake up to an angry red...

The Life of an Unknown Man

The Life of an Unknown Man
  • Author(s): Andrei Makine, Geoffrey Strachan (Translator)
  • Location(s): Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Contemporary, World War 2

A deeply moving meditation on memory, history, love, and art by the author of “Dreams of My Russian Summers”. In “The Life of an Unknown Man”, Andreï Makine explores what truly matters in life through the prism of Russia’s...

The Raven’s Children

The Raven’s Children
  • Author(s): Yulia Yakovleva
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1938

Russia in 1938 is a place of great terror. Joseph Stalin is in charge. His Secret Police are everywhere, searching for anyone who might be his enemy. People have no idea who they can trust. Seven-year-old Shura doesn’t know...

Spies in St. Petersburg

Spies in St. Petersburg
  • Author(s): Katherine Woodfine
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): early 21st

With Sophie still missing in action after their explosive mission in Paris, Lil decides to take matters into her own hands. On a new mission for the Secret Service Bureau, can Lil find Sophie in misty, mysterious St Petersburg?...

The Tzar’s Curious Runaways

The Tzar’s Curious Runaways
  • Author(s): Robin Scott-Elliot
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Children
  • Era(s): 1725

A magical, captivating tale of adventure set in imperial Russia. St Petersburg, Russia 1725. Katinka Dashkova is running for her life because everything she knows is changing. Katinka, a dazzling ballerina with a hunched back, and her friends Alexei...

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