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The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt

The Wolves of Leninsky Prospekt
  • Author(s): Sarah Armstrong
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1970s

Escaping failure as an undergraduate and a daughter, not to mention bleak 1970s England, Martha marries Kit – who is gay. Having a wife could keep him safe in Moscow in his diplomatic post. As Martha tries to understand...

Tatiana

Tatiana
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Kaliningrad (Königsberg)
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 2010s

In Tatiana, Smith delivers his most ambitious and politically daring novel since. When the brilliant and fearless young reporter Tatiana Petrovna falls to her death from a sixth-floor window in Moscow in the same week that notorious mob billionaire...

The Big Red Train Ride

The Big Red Train Ride
  • Author(s): Eric Newby
  • Location(s): Russia, Central Asia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): 1970s

The only continuous land route between Western Europe and the Pacific coast of the USSR, the Trans-Siberian Railway covers nearly a 100 degrees of longitude, seven time zones and 5900 miles in a journey lasting 192 hours and 35...

You Are One of Them

You Are One of Them
  • Author(s): Elliott Holt
  • Location(s): Washington DC, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1980s

Set against the backdrop of Cleveland Heights, a Washington, D.C. neighborhood during the 1980s, when the US feared of nuclear attack from Russia, You Are One of Them is a story of trust and betrayal, not among nations, but...

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...

The Witches of St. Petersburg

The Witches of St. Petersburg
  • Author(s): Imogen Edwards Jones, Anonymous, Imogen Edwards Jones
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Fiction
  • 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...

Moscow Calling

Moscow Calling
  • Author(s): Angus Roxburgh
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): Late 20th century

In the course of the past 45 years, Angus Roxburgh has translated Tolstoy, met four successive Russian presidents and been jinxed by a Siberian shaman. He has come under fire in war zones and been arrested by Chechen thugs....

Bird’s Milk

Bird’s Milk
  • Author(s): Jana Bakunina
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1970s- 2000s

In Bird’s Milk, Jana Bakunina tells the story of her childhood in the Soviet Union from the early days of perestroika to the collapse of the USSR, offering a unique insight into the lives of ordinary Russians. Bird s...

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 New Silk Roads

The New Silk Roads
  • Author(s): Peter Frankopan
  • Location(s): China, Europe, Middle East, Russia
  • Genre(s): Travelogue
  • Era(s): Current

When The Silk Roads was published in 2015, it became an instant classic. A major reassessment of world history, it compelled us to look at the past from a different perspective. The New Silk Roads brings this story up...

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