Independence Square (Hardback)
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Independence Square (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 13/02/2020
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The author of the sinuous, compelling Snowdrops returns with another lithe, fiercely smart political thriller. Lurid disgrace and buried secrets are dragged kicking and screaming into the open as a former British diplomat comes face to face with his controversial past in Miller’s taut, expertly plotted narrative.

An exceptional political thriller from the bestselling author of Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops

Twelve years ago, Simon Davey prevented a tragedy, and ruined his own life.

Once a senior British diplomat in Kiev, he lost everything after a lurid scandal. Back in London, still struggling with the aftermath of his disgrace, he is travelling on the Tube when he sees her ...

Olesya is the woman Simon holds responsible for his downfall. He first met her on an icy night during the protests on Independence Square. Full of hope and idealism, Olesya could not know what a crucial role she would play in the dangerous times ahead, and in Simon's fate. Or what compromises she would have to make to protect her family.

When Simon decides to follow Olesya, he finds himself plunged back into the dramatic days which changed his life forever. Independence Square is a story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. It is a story about corruption and personal and political betrayals. It is a story about where, in the twenty-first century, power really lies.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9781787301788
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 361 g
Dimensions: 222 x 144 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'A tremendous novel - taut, compelling, reeking of authenticity. A.D. Miller writes with exemplary precision and sophistication. Independence Square is an unsparing examination of human beings caught up in historical forces they can barely comprehend.' - William Boyd

'A novel with its finger on the pulse of geopolitics' - The Observer

'... recreates the heady days of the Orange Revolution in evocative detail' - The Times

'Miller's gripping novel, about truth, lies and power is a searing indictment of our times...a book about dirty money and the manipulation of politics, about a world where anything is possible and where even a war can be 'hallucinated into reality'. And it is about power... This, then, is a story not about a revolution in Eastern Europe but about the way we live now.' - The Spectator

'A. D. Miller has woven an intriguing, evocative tale of betrayal, revolution and heartbreak. In subtle, sinuous prose, he shows us a man haunted by a fateful mistake - and shows us how even the most noble political moments turn on dark secrets and human frailties. After his magnificent debut, Snowdrops, expectations were high for Miller: with Independence Square he delivers handsomely.' - Jonathan Freedland

'A contemporary thriller about the workings of 21st-century power from the author of the Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops' - The Guardian

'Miller conjures up characters who say much more than the words they use. This is a skilled, moving and saddening account of the waste of human potential and the brutality that often comes with the acquisition and retention of colossal amounts of money.' - The Literary Review

'I loved this beautiful novel. It's a supremely timely story of deeply-rooted corruption, but also of idealism and longing for freedom. I found it very powerful and profoundly moving' - Elif Shafak

'Miller is the real deal' - The Mail on Sunday

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“A modern political thriller....”

The main character is a British diplomat, Simon Davey, who was disgraced when accused that he had an affair with his Russian contact during Ukraine’s 2004 Orange Revolution. It is 13 years later and he sees Oleysa,... More

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“"Everything is for sale"”

Set against the recent history of Ukraine, this is a timely and contemporary novel that looks at the relationships between political power and personal integrity. Concerned especially with the manipulation of... More

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“Slow Moving”

An interesting if rather a slow-moving story set in the turmoil of post-USSR Ukraine. The plot documents the disintegration of both the professional and personal lives of a British consular official based in Kiev. The... More

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