Book Blog

Orlando Figes' New Introduction to the Centenary Edition of A People's Tragedy

Continuing our sequence of posts inspired by the events that swept Russia a century ago, we’re pleased to present, in full, Orlando Figes’ new introduction to what has to be his most highly-regarded work - A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, re-released this year in an appropriately stunning new edition. ‘Elaborately researched, rigorously structured, coherently argued, it presents an overwhelmingly comprehensive view of one of the most important and complicated of all modern events.’ – The Guardian

A Waterstones Exclusive: Robert Service on Nicholas II’s Inevitable Fall

Robert Service is undoubtedly a titan of Russian studies. An unparalleled trilogy of works – Lenin, Stalin and Trotsky – offer a virtually panoptic understanding of Russia’s complex soul, Simon Heffer for example in the Telegraph referring to Lenin as ‘a superb work of scholarship… if you seek to know about this crucial figure in the history of Marxism-Leninism, this book will tell you everything.’ In The Last of The Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution Service now turns his forensic attention to the year preceding Nicholas’s abdication and the events leading toward the annihilation of both the Tsar and his family. It’s simply a stunning account, with Service’s typical depth of research virtually uncovering the DNA to the century of creation and conflict that has followed.It seemed irresistible to us to pose Robert Service the ultimate ‘what if’ – to contemplate a Nicholas II who could at least entertain the prospect of a constructional monarchy. But as we will discover in Service’s analysis, the die of fate had long been cast.

Simon Sebag Montefiore's Recommended Reading on Russia and its Revolutions

Our Non-Fiction Book of The Month for February, The Romanovs 1613–1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore, is an exceptional example of this year’s reflections on the 100 years that have passed since the climactic Russian revolutions of 1917. It is one of those once-in-a-decade texts that brings the past acutely into the present; the author’s inexhaustible research and deftness for story-telling sealing a vast but still intimate chronology of Russia’s twenty sovereigns. Of course, the history of Russia is as vast as the nation itself, a daunting prospect for anyone looking to properly unpick its past. Exclusively for Waterstones, Simon Sebag Montefiore presents his own reading roadmap to those eager to explore the Russian adventure.

Film review: The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

The film version of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared is what it is - a masterpiece of comic storytelling.

Pushkin House Book Prize: Sheila Fitzpatrick

In the lead up to the announcement of this year's Pushkin House Book Prize winner we'll be sharing interviews with each of the shortlisted authors - today we're speaking to Sheila Fitzpatrick, honorary professor of the University of Sydney, and author of A Spy in the Archives.

Pushkin House Book Prize: Anya von Bremzen

In the lead up to the announcement of this year's Pushkin House Book Prize winner we'll be sharing interviews with each of the shortlisted authors - beginning today with Anya von Bremzen, author of Mastering the Art of Soviet Cooking.

Read Robert Dinsdale's Gingerbread

Read the opening of Robert Dinsdale's latest novel, Gingerbread - a savage and moving fairytale of Stalinist Russia...

The truth in the tales

Robert Dinsdale introduces his new novel Gingerbread by looking at the dark origins of fairytales...

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