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Love is Blind

Love is Blind
  • Author(s): William Boyd
  • Location(s): Paris, Edinburgh, 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...

The Bronze Horseman

The Bronze Horseman
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical, Romance
  • Era(s): WW2

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...

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...

City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Heather Reyes
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

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...

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

“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...

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

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,...

Sashenka

Sashenka
  • Author(s): Simon Montefiore
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

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...

The Betrayal

The Betrayal
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

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...

The Siege

The Siege
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

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...

The White Russian

The White Russian
  • Author(s): Tom Bradby
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Mystery
  • Era(s): 1917

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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