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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...

A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe
  • Author(s): R N Morris
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): 19th Century

A great setting of 19th Century St Petersburg for this crime novel

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...

Devil’s Acre

Devil’s Acre
  • Author(s): Jonathan Bastable
  • Location(s): Moscow, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 1812-1990s

Devil’s Acre is a novel about love, Russia and forbidden architecture. Moscow, 1982. The oppressive Soviet regime is solidly in place: Leonid Brezhnev is praised to the skies for the brilliance of his unreadable memoirs: and the KGB is...

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,...

Sashenka

Sashenka
  • Author(s): Simon Montefiore
  • Location(s): Russia, St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 20th Century

Winter, 1916. In St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution. Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends, Sashenka slips into the frozen...

The Betrayal

The Betrayal
  • Author(s): Helen Dunmore
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1950s

Leningrad, 1952. Andrei, a young hospital doctor, and Anna, a nursery school teacher, are forging a life together in the postwar, postsiege wreckage. But their happiness is precarious, like that of millions of Russians who must avoid the claws...

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...

To the Hermitage

To the Hermitage
  • Author(s): Malcolm Bradbury
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Stockholm
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1770s, 1990s

To The Hermitage is Sir Malcolm Bradbury’s first novel in nearly a decade, and its length and ambition provide some clue as to why it has been so long in the making. The novel begins with the arrival of...

Winter Garden

Winter Garden
  • Author(s): Kristin Hannah
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction
  • Era(s): 2001 looking back

The story opens in 2001, when sisters Nina, both in their 40s, are facing major life changes. Fact and fiction are interwoven into the story as they look back over their Father’s life in Russia

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