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The Lost Crown

The Lost Crown
  • Author(s): Sarah Miller
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Young Adult
  • Era(s): Early 20th Century

Olga, Tatiana, Maria, and Anastasia. Like the fingers on a hand–first headstrong Olga, then Tatiana the tallest, Maria most hopeful for a ring, and Anastasia the smallest. These are the daughters of Tsar Nicholas II, grand duchesses living a...

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....

Lost Roses

Lost Roses
  • Author(s): Martha Hall Kelly
  • Location(s): Long Island, Paris, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • Era(s): WW1

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a...

Dr Zhivago

Dr Zhivago
  • Author(s): Boris Pasternak
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Russian Revolution

Banned in the Soviet Union until 1988, Doctor Zhivago is the epic story of the life and loves of a poet-physician during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution. Taking his family from Moscow to shelter in the Ural Mountains,...

War and Peace

War and Peace
  • Author(s): Leo Tolstoy
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 1800s

At a glittering society party in St Petersburg in 1805, conversations are dominated by the prospect of war. Terror swiftly engulfs the country as Napoleon’s army marches on Russia, and the lives of three young people are changed forever....

Back to Moscow

Back to Moscow
  • Author(s): Guillermo Erades
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Early 2000s

The early 2000s, and Martin, an expat student recently arrived in Moscow to write a doctoral thesis on the heroines of Russian literature, needs all the guidance he can get to fathom the mysterious Russian soul. Distracted from his...

The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight

The Russian Dreambook of Colour and Flight
  • Author(s): Gina Ochsner
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Magical Realism, Fiction
  • 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...

Disappearing Earth

Disappearing Earth
  • Author(s): Julia Phillips
  • Location(s): Kamchatka
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Mystery
  • Era(s): Present day

One August afternoon, on the shoreline of the north-eastern edge of Russia, two sisters are abducted. In the ensuing weeks, then months, the police investigation turns up nothing. Echoes of the disappearance reverberate across a tightly woven community, with...

Hidden in Plain Sight, a British Military Agent’s Story

Hidden in Plain Sight, a British Military Agent’s Story
  • Author(s): Shirley Read-Jahn
  • Location(s): England, North America, Russia
  • Genre(s): Biography, Fiction
  • Era(s): World War Two (1940s)

When World War Two splits Fred Read-Jahn and his English bride, Molly, she is forced to face the Blitz alone while he carries out secret missions on an epic journey from London to Moscow, travelling through North America, Canada,...

Behind Putin’s Curtain

Behind Putin’s Curtain
  • Author(s): Stephan Orth
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Modern

“In the late summer of 2016,” writes award-winning travel writer Stephan Orth, “a journey to Russia feels like visiting enemy territory.” In this humorous and thought-provoking book, Orth ventures through that vast and mysterious territory to uncover the real,...

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