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The Master and Margarita

The Master and Margarita

Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov

Location(s): Moscow

Genre(s): Fantasy

Era(s): Second half 20th century

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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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The Officer’s Daughter

The Officer’s Daughter

Author(s): Zina Rohan

Location(s): Germany, Poland, Siberia

Genre(s): Historical

Era(s): 1930s 1940s

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This is an epic wartime romance which sees a headstrong young woman face hardship, danger and dilemmas as the forces of history sweep her across continents, while two men compete to claim her heart.It is suitable for fans of...

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The Trinity 6

The Trinity 6

Author(s): Charles Cumming

Location(s): Europe, London, Moscow

Genre(s): Thriller

Era(s): Modern

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Perfect for fans of John le Carré – the most explosive secret of the Cold War could be exposed: but the bigger the lie, the more ruthlessly it will be protected… Hard-up Russia expert Dr Sam Gaddis finally has...

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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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