Sell Us the Rope (Paperback)
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Sell Us the Rope (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 01/03/2022
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This immersive, compulsively readable feat of historical fiction from the author of Costa Novel Award-nominated Life! Death! Prizes! reimagines Stalin’s 1907 trip to London for a communist conference, with the likes of Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg in the supporting cast.

Revolutionary, poet, lover. Robber, murderer, spy.

May 1907 and a young Stalin is in London for a conference of Russian communists. With Lenin, Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg among others he battles to keep the party radical, while dodging the attentions of the Czar's secret police. He also finds himself drawn to a fiery Finnish activist, Elli Vuokko, beginning a relationship that is as dangerous as it is complicated.

Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
ISBN: 9781913207885
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 172 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 17 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'Electrically-imagined, immersive and compulsively readable, Sell Us the Rope hums with the visceral energy of revolutionary fervour' - Liz Jensen

'Original, adept and confident... What can I say, except that I wish I had written it myself?' - Hilary Mantel

'A fascinating and immersive imagining of real events that both challenges and illuminates history' - Benjamin Myers

'Boldly conceived, precisely imagined, beautifully written' - Michael Stewart

'Stephen May's writing is convincing and engaging in this brilliant tale of revolutionary shenanigans in London' - Suzanne Joinson

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“A perfect blend of fact and fiction..”

Before he became the tyrant we know, young Joseph Stalin (Koba) travelled to East London in 1907 to attend a conference of revolutionaries. What May does is blend private aspects of Stalin, that we never see or read... More

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“Men of |Steel”

A conference of Russian Bolsheviks and Mensheviks in London in 1907, attended by no less than Lenin, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg and a young Josef Jugashvili, later to be known as Stalin, as well as a list of the leading... More

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“Visceral, funny and so alive it breathes”

It's 1907 and Stalin and his Bolshie mates are roaming the streets of London.

It's not surprising that Hilary Mantel provided a review for the cover of Sell Us the Rope, expressing her desire to have... More

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