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The Undertaking

The Undertaking

Author(s): Audrey Magee

Location(s): Berlin, Volgograd (Stalingrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): WW2, mid 20th century

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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...

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The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace

Author(s): Eva Stachniak

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 18th Century

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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....

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To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar

Author(s): Andrew Williams

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Era(s): 19th Century

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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...

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To the Hermitage

To the Hermitage

Author(s): Malcolm Bradbury

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad), Stockholm

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1770s, 1990s

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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...

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Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky

Author(s): Kate Furnivall

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): 1930s

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Davinsky Labour Camp, Siberia, 1933: Sofia Morozova knows she has to escape. Only two things have sustained her through the bitter cold, aching hunger and hard labour: the prospect of one day walking free: and the stories told by...

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Winter Garden

Winter Garden

Author(s): Kristin Hannah

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Fiction

Era(s): 2001 looking back

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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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Gorky Park

Gorky Park

Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): Late 1900s

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They lay peacefully, even artfully, under their thawing crust of ice, the centre one on its back, hands folded as if for a religious funeral, the other two turned, arms out under the ice like flanking emblems on embossed...

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A Gentle Axe

A Gentle Axe

Author(s): R N Morris

Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)

Genre(s): Crime

Era(s): 19th Century

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

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Brief Loves that Live Forever

Brief Loves that Live Forever

Author(s): Andrei Makine

Location(s): Russia

Genre(s): Fiction

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In Soviet Russia the desire for freedom is also a desire for the freedom to love. Lovers live as outlaws, traitors to the collective spirit, and love is more intense when it feels like an act of resistance. Now...

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Consolations of the Forest

Consolations of the Forest

Author(s): Sylvain Tesson

Location(s): Siberia

Genre(s): Autobiography/Memoirs

Era(s): 2010

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In Consolations of the Forest, Sylvain Tesson explains how he found a radical solution to his need for freedom, one as ancient as the experiences of the hermits of old Russia: he decided to lock himself alone in a...

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