One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore - March 2014

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One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore - March 2014

Post by Clare Bookclub Mod » Tue Mar 18, 2014 2:25 pm

The wonderfully unputdownable new novel from the Sunday Times number one bestselling author of Jerusalem.

'A gripping thriller about private life and poetic dreams in Stalin's Russia . a darkly enjoyable read.' Guardian

If your children were forced to testify against you, what terrible secrets would they reveal?

Moscow 1945. As Stalin and his courtiers celebrate victory over Hitler, shots ring out. On a nearby bridge, a teenage boy and girl lie dead.

But this is no ordinary tragedy and these are no ordinary teenagers, but the children of Russia's most important leaders who attend the most exclusive school in Moscow.

Is it murder? A suicide pact? Or a conspiracy against the state?

Directed by Stalin himself, an investigation begins as children are arrested and forced to testify against their friends - and their parents. This terrifying witch-hunt soon unveils illicit love affairs and family secrets in a hidden world where the smallest mistakes will be punished with death.

Simon Sebag Montefiore is a novelist and historian whose prizewinning books are international bestsellers, published in over 40 languages. Catherine the Great & Potemkin was shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson, Duff Cooper, and Marsh Biography Prizes. Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar won the History Book of the Year Prize at the British Book Awards. Young Stalin won the Costa Biography Award (UK), the LA Times Book Prize for Biography (US), Le Grand Prix de la Biographie Politique (France) and the Kreisky Prize for Political Literature (Austria). Jerusalem: The Biography won Jewish Book of the Year Prize in the USA and was Sunday Times number one non-fiction bestseller in Britain. Titans of History was published in 2012. He is the author of the acclaimed novels, Sashenka and One Night in Winter. His next history, The Romanovs: Rise+Fall 1613-1917, will be published in 2016.

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