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Tatiana and Alexander

Tatiana and Alexander
  • Author(s): Paullina Simons
  • Location(s): New York City (NYC), Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2

The world at war … two people in love. Tatiana is eighteen years old and pregnant when she miraculously escapes war-torn Leningrad to the West, believing herself to be a widow. Her husband, Major Alexander Belov, a decorated hero...

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...

Eastern Approaches

Eastern Approaches
  • Author(s): Fitzroy MacLean
  • Location(s): Central Asia, China, North Africa, Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1930s/40s

Fitztroy Maclean was one of the real-life inspirations for super-spy James Bond. After adventures in Soviet Russia before the war, Maclean fought with the SAS in North Africa in 1942. There he specialised in hair-raising commando raids behind enemy...

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...

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th Century

When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent – and listen....

Icebreaker

Icebreaker
  • Author(s): John Gardner
  • Location(s): Finland, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Later 20th Century

James Bond is back in this continuation novel set in Finland and Russia. Forced to work with small group of elite American, Russian and Israeli spies, Bond must stop a new terrorist group hellbent on creating a New Third...

To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar
  • Author(s): Andrew Williams
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Era(s): 19th Century

This tense, gripping novel set in 19C St Petersburg amid desperate revolutionaries bent on the overthrow of the Tsar ‘confirms Andrew William’s place in the front ranks of English thriller writers’ (Daily Mail). Shortlisted for the CWA Ellis Peters...

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...

The Undertaking

The Undertaking
  • Author(s): Audrey Magee
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): WW2, mid 20th century

Desperate to escape the Eastern Front, Peter Faber, an ordinary German soldier, marries Katharina Spinell, a woman he has never met; it is a marriage of convenience that promises ‘honeymoon’ leave for him and a pension for her should...

The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita
  • Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Fantasy
  • Era(s): Second half 20th century

In Soviet Moscow, God is dead, but the devil – to say nothing of his retinue of demons, from a loudmouthed, gun-toting tomcat, to the fanged fallen angel Koroviev – is very much alive. As death and destruction spread...

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