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The Red Scarf

The Red Scarf

Author(s): Kate Furnivall

Location(s): Siberia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

Davinsky Labor Camp, Siberia, 1933: Only two things in this wretched place keep Sofia from giving up hope: the prospect of freedom, and the stories told by her friend and fellow prisoner Anna, of a charmed childhood in Petrograd,...

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The Romanov Empress

The Romanov Empress

Author(s): C W Gortner

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

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Turn of 20th Century

Barely nineteen, Minnie knows that her station in life as a Danish princess is to leave her family and enter into a royal marriage—as her older sister Alix has done, moving to  England to wed Queen Victoria’s eldest son....

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The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight

The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight

Author(s): Gina Ochsner

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Magical Realism

Era(s): Later 20th Century

In her very dusty provincial museum of fake exhibits lovingly crafted from cardboard, wire and glue, Tanya dreams of Russian art’s long colours and wonders when Yuri will stop fishing long enough to notice how she adores him, while...

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The Secret Language of Stones

The Secret Language of Stones

Author(s): M J Rose

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): early 20th century

As World War I rages and the Romanov dynasty reaches its sudden, brutal end, a young jewelry maker discovers love, passion, and her own healing powers in this rich and romantic ghost story, the perfect follow-up to M.J. Rose...

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The Secret Speech

The Secret Speech

Author(s): Tom Rob Smith

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Mid 20th Century

Tom Rob Smith’s first book, Child 44, enjoyed unprecedented attention and acclaim (as did its youthful author), so it was inevitable that the appetite for that novel’s successor would be keen. Now it’s here, and The Secret Speech, largely...

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The Siberian Dilemma

The Siberian Dilemma

Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith

Location(s): Irkutsk, Russia

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Contemporary

Investigator Arkady Renko, described as ‘one of the most compelling figures in modern fiction’ by USA Today, finds himself travelling deep into Siberia when journalist Tatiana Petrovna disappears on a case. Journalist Tatiana Petrovna has disappeared. Arkady Renko, iconic...

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The Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia

The Way a River Went: Following the Volga Through the Heart of Russia

Author(s): Thom Wheeler

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Travelogue

Era(s): Modern

Thom Wheeler is not a man to be put off by the prospect of an uncharted, impractical or downright dangerous journey. Having accidentally introduced his old school friend Vicky to Dmitry, the Russian love of her life, at the...

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The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen

Author(s): Boris Akunin

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Late 19th Century

It’s strange that there’s no contemporary crime fiction coming out of Putin’s Russia, but Boris Akunin makes up for that with his intricate, allusive Erast Fandorin books, set at the turn of the last century.

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The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier

Author(s): Daniel Mason

Location(s): Austria, Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW1

Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War One explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives, at a commandeered...

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The Witches of St. Petersburg

The Witches of St. Petersburg

Author(s): Imogen Edwards Jones, Imogen Edwards Jones, Anonymous

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Early 20th Century

The Russian Empire is on the verge of collapse. Revolution is in the air. The starving stalk the streets of St Petersburg and yet the Imperial Court still commute between their estates and organise their lavish balls. Two sisters...

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