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Bayan

Bayan
  • Author(s): Pramudith D Rupasinghe
  • Location(s): Ukraine
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Modern

Bayan, the title, is Russian for the accordion, since the story is based on a hauntingly beautiful narration of the transition of life from the Soviet through the post-Soviet era in Ukraine. The main character, Ivan Nikolaevich, is a...

Grey Bees

Grey Bees
  • Author(s): Andrey Kurkov, Boris Dralyuk (translator)
  • Location(s): Ukraine
  • Genre(s): Fiction, In Translation
  • Era(s): present day

Little Starhorodivka, a village of three streets, lies in Ukraine’s Grey Zone, the no-man’s-land between loyalist and separatist forces. Thanks to the lukewarm war of sporadic violence and constant propaganda that has been dragging on for years, only two...

Baba Dunja’s Last Love

Baba Dunja’s Last Love
  • Author(s): Alina Bronsky
  • Location(s): Pripyat/Chernobyl
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Contemporary

Baba Dunja is a Chernobyl returnee. Together with a motley bunch of former neighbours, they set off to create a new life for themselves in the radioactive no-man’s land. Geiger counter and irradiated forest fruits be damned, there in...

Exclusion Zone

Exclusion Zone
  • Author(s): J M Hewitt
  • Location(s): Pripyat/Chernobyl
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1986 / present day

On 26th April 1986, reactor four exploded at the factory in Pripyat, Chernobyl. At the same time teenager Afia Bello vanished from her home without a trace. The damage from the nuclear fallout is examined over the following weeks,...

Snegurochka

Snegurochka
  • Author(s): Judith Heneghan
  • Location(s): Kiev (Kyiv)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 1990s

An exhilarating, darkly atmospheric debut novel set in Kiev. ‘An unforgettable story. The claustrophobia is palpable, and the characters are utterly convincing in this beautifully observed novel. Outstanding.’ —Claire Fuller ‘Something terrible is happening here. Something terrible has already...

The House with the Stained-Glass Window

The House with the Stained-Glass Window
  • Author(s): Zanna Sloniowska
  • Location(s): Lviv
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

In 1989, Marianna, the beautiful star soprano at the Lviv opera, is shot dead in the street as she leads the Ukrainian citizens in their protest against Soviet power. Only eleven years old at the time, her daughter tells...

The Wine of Solitude

The Wine of Solitude
  • Author(s): Irene Nemirovsky
  • Location(s): Finland, Kiev (Kyiv), Paris
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

First published in 1936 this book is thought to be quite autobiographical. It is the story of young girl’s difficult relationship with her beautiful, but vain and shallow mother. The novel is set during the period of the First...

Cold Black

Cold Black
  • Author(s): Alex Shaw
  • Location(s): Dubai, Kiev (Kyiv), Sussex
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

Former SAS trooper Aidan Snow returns in the thrilling follow up to the Kindle bestseller ‘Hetman’. Now an MI6 operative, Snow must locate & rescue an old SAS colleague before an Al-Qaeda cell can carry out acts of unprecedented...

Hetman

Hetman
  • Author(s): Alex Shaw
  • Location(s): Kiev (Kyiv), Sussex
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Modern

An Explosive Special Forces Thriller Now teaching at an International school in Ukraine, former SAS trooper Aidan Snow has laid the nightmares of his past to rest. But when after ten years Snow meets again the man who put...

Hetman: Donetsk Calling

Hetman: Donetsk Calling
  • Author(s): Alex Shaw
  • Location(s): Kiev (Kyiv), Worthing
  • Genre(s): Short Stories
  • Era(s): Modern

Former SAS Trooper turned MI6 Operative Aidan Snow returns in a short story preceding the release of the third Aidan Snow thriller. As an ex-pat Brian Webb has a great life, a sexy wife and a perfect daughter. But...

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