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Child 44

Child 44
  • Author(s): Tom Rob Smith
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): 1950s

This is a thriller set in 1950s Stalinist Russia, a regime that balks at nothing and executes opponents without conscience. It wanted to be seen as the perfect society. A series of brutal murders shatter this image, but if...

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City-Pick St Petersburg

City-Pick St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Heather Reyes
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Various

This series celebrates every aspect of Russia’s most legendary city – essential reading for travellers and lovers of wonderful writing about Russia. Malcolm Bradbury guides us to the Hermitage Anna Pavlova describes her school days Vladimir Nabokov re-lives a...

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Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story

Galina Petrovna’s Three-Legged Dog Story
  • Author(s): Andrea Bennett
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1990s

Perhaps you’re not a member of the Azov House of Culture Elderly Club? Perhaps you missed the talk on the Cabbage Root Fly last week? Galina Petrovna hasn’t missed a single one, since she officially became ‘old’. But she’d...

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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...

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The Siege

The Siege
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1940s

Leningrad, September 1941. Hitler orders the German forces to surround the city at the start of the most dangerous, desperate winter in its history. For two pairs of lovers -Anna and Andrei, Anna’s novelist father and banned actress Marina...

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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...

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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...

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Violet

Violet
  • Author(s): S J I Holliday
  • Location(s): Mongolia, Russia, Ulan Bator / Ulaanbaatar
  • Genre(s): Thriller
  • Era(s): Present

Carrie’s best friend has an accident and can no longer make the round-the-world trip they’d planned together, so Carrie decides to go it alone. Violet is also travelling alone, after splitting up with her boyfriend in Thailand. She is...

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The Family on Paradise Pier

The Family on Paradise Pier
  • Author(s): Dermot Bolger
  • Location(s): England, Russia, Spain
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

A stunning historical saga set in the early decades of the twentieth century which follows the lives and loves of one extraordinary family. We first meet the Goold Verschoyle children in 1915. Though there is a war going on...

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A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

A Mountain of Crumbs: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain
  • Author(s): Elena Gorokhova
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs
  • Era(s): 1900s

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