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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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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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The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman

Author(s): Paullina Simons

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance

Era(s): WW2

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Leningrad 1941: the white nights of summer illuminate a city of fallen grandeur whose palaces and avenues speak of a different age, when Leningrad was known as St Petersburg. Two sisters, Tatiana and Dasha, share the same bed, living...

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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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Empress of the Night

Empress of the Night

Author(s): Eva Stachniak

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 18th century

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“We quarrel about power, not about love.” Catherine the Great takes centre stage in best selling author Eva Stachniak’s latest novel. Gorgeously written with vivid detail and lyrical prose, EMPRESS OF THE NIGHT is an intimate and revealing portrait...

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Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg

Author(s): Vanora Bennett

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th century

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St Petersburg,1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. With her looks and talents,...

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Sashenka

Sashenka

Author(s): Simon Montefiore

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

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 20th Century

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Winter, 1916. In St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution. Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen...

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The Betrayal

The Betrayal

Author(s): Helen Dunmore

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1950s

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Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, postsiege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws...

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The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace

Author(s): Eva Stachniak

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 18th Century

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When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent – and listen....

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