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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

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...

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...

The Winter Palace

The Winter Palace
  • Author(s): Eva Stachniak
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 18th Century

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....

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...

To Kill a Tsar

To Kill a Tsar
  • Author(s): Andrew Williams
  • Location(s): St Petersburg (Leningrad)
  • Era(s): 19th Century

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...

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...

Under a Blood Red Sky

Under a Blood Red Sky
  • Author(s): Kate Furnivall
  • Location(s): Russia
  • Genre(s): Fiction, Historical
  • Era(s): 1930s

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...

Violet

Violet
  • Author(s): S J I Holliday
  • Location(s): Russia, Mongolia, 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...

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

Gorky Park

Gorky Park
  • Author(s): Martin Cruz Smith
  • Location(s): Moscow
  • Genre(s): Crime
  • Era(s): Late 1900s

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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