Published: October 2020
Chosen as an isolation read by Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall- 'A wonderful book which gives the reader an understanding of life in post-revolution Moscow.' OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD -- ***Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh***'This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don't miss it.' Chris Cleave'No historical novel this year was more witty, insightful or original.' Sunday Times, Books of the Year'Charming ... shows that not all books about Russian aristocrats have to be full of doom and nihilism.' The Times, Books of the Year' A supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself.' Mail on Sunday, Books of the YearOn 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov - recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt - is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?A BOOK OF THE DECADE, 2010-2020 (INDEPENDENT)THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017A MAIL ON SUNDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017A DAILY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2017ONE OF BILL GATES'S SUMMER READS OF 2019NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS WEEK AWARD
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