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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...

Edith and Kim

Edith and Kim
  • Author(s): Charlotte Philby
  • Location(s): Europe, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): Mid 20th Century

To betray, you must first belong… In June 1934, Kim Philby met his Soviet handler, the spy Arnold Deutsch. The woman who introduced them was called Edith Tudor-Hart. She changed the course of 20th century history. Then she was...

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...

Exit Rostov

Exit Rostov
  • Author(s): Henry Virgin
  • Location(s): Rostov on Don, Russia
  • Genre(s): Thriller, Coming of Age
  • Era(s): 1996

Travelling through Central Asia in 1996, Frederick Lyre learns of his best friend’s disappearance and changes plans to go and find him. Picking up the trail in Moscow, he ventures south to the post Soviet depths of Rostov-on-Don and...

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes

Flesh-Coloured Dominoes
  • Author(s): Zigmunds Skujinš
  • Location(s): Baltic Coast, Russia
  • Genre(s): Fantasy, Mystery
  • Era(s): 18th Century to WW2 and modern

When Baroness Valtraute von Bruegen’s officer husband’s body is severed in two, she is delighted to find that the lower half has been sewn onto the upper body of the humble local captain Ulste. She conceives a child only...

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...

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...

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai

Kill with a Borrowed Knife: or Agent Ai
  • Author(s): Michael Wreford
  • Location(s): Beijing (Peking), China, Hong Kong, Moscow
  • Genre(s): Thriller

China, the eve of the September 11 attacks. A powerful cyber weapon is about to be released. Only one man can stop it … Journalist and SIS (MI6) contract agent George Quant arrives on the run in Beijing. Estranged...

Last Flight to Stalingrad

Last Flight to Stalingrad
  • Author(s): Graham Hurley
  • Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)
  • Genre(s): Historical, Thriller
  • Era(s): WW2

Berlin, 1942. For Werner Nehmann, a journalist at the Ministry of Propaganda, the dizzying victory of the last four years has felt like a party without end. But the Reich’s attention has turned East, and as winter sets in,...

Midnight in St Petersburg

Midnight in St Petersburg
  • Author(s): Vanora Bennett
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): Early 20th century

St Petersburg,1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia’s capital city. Welcomed into the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. With her looks and talents,...

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