On 17 July 1918, four young women walked down twenty-three steps into the cellar of a house in Ekaterinburg. The eldest was twenty-two, the youngest only seventeen. Together with their parents and their thirteen-year-old brother, they were all brutally murdered. Their crime: to be the daughters of the last Tsar and Tsaritsa of All the Russias. Much has been written about Nicholas II, his wife Alexandra and their tragic fate, as it has about the Russian Revolutions of 1917, but little attention has been paid to the Romanov princesses, who - perhaps inevitably - have been seen as minor players in the drama. In Four Sisters, however, acclaimed biographer Helen Rappaport puts them centre stage and offers readers the most authoritative account yet of the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Maria and Anastasia. Drawing on their own letters and diaries and other hitherto unexamined primary sources, she paints a vivid picture of their lives in the dying days of the Romanov dynasty. We see, almost for the first time, their journey from a childhood of enormous privilege, throughout which they led a very sheltered and largely simple life, to young womanhood - their first romantic crushes, their hopes and dreams, the difficulty of coping with a mother who was a chronic invalid and a haeomophiliac brother, and, latterly, the trauma of the revolution and its terrible consequences. Compellingly readable, meticulously researched and deeply moving, Four Sisters gives these young women a voice, and allows their story to resonate for readers almost a century after their death.
Scenes of Russian Court Life:Being the Correspondence of Alexander I. With His Sister Catherine (Classic Reprint) Henry Havelock
A towering classic of Russian literature, Fyodor Dostoevsky´s Crime and Punishment is a compelling story of a brutal double murder and its aftermath. An impoverished ex-student, Rodion Raskolnikov, kills a pawnbroker and her sister, apparently for financial gain. But as he encounters friends and family, strangers and adversaries, Raskolnikov is compelled to face the true forces that have led him to murder. His struggle with himself and those around him becomes a battle of the individual against society, radicalism against tradition, and ultimately the will of man against the mysteries of divine providence. A sensation in its day, Crime and Punishment has left an indelible stamp on the world of literature. This beautiful Macmillan Collector´s Library edition of Crime and Punishment is translated from the Russian by Constance Garnett, with an afterword by Oliver Francis. Designed to appeal to the booklover, the Macmillan Collector´s Library is a series of beautiful gift editions of much loved classic titles. Macmillan Collector´s Library are books to love and treasure.
Beautifully illustrates the strength of the women across the world who fought for their right to vote in different ways ... as much a celebration of difference and diversity as it is a chronicle of women´s rights - Stylist If you loved Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls, Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World or Women in Science then you´ll love this! To celebrate 2018 - the Year of the Woman, and the anniversary of women winning the vote in the UK - this is a timely, beautiful and bold compendium of women around the world who said Time´s Up on inequality. The book shares the story of the suffragettes, and of their sisters campaigning for equal rights globally. Discover how 40,000 Russian women marched through St Petersburg demanding their rights, one Canadian woman changed opinions with a play, and Kuwaiti women protested via text message. And read how women climbed mountains, walked a lion through the streets of Paris, and starved themselves, all in the name of having a voice and a choice. Tracing its history from New Zealand at the end of the 19th century, follow this empowering movement as it spread from Oceania to Europe and the Americas, then Africa and Asia up to the present day. And be inspired by the brave women who rioted, rallied and refused to give up. Stunningly illustrated by Eve Lloyd Knight, this book celebrates the women who stood up, spoke up, and refused to behave, rebelling against convention to give women everywhere a voice. And it shows what can be achieved when women stand together, and say enough.
Anne´s Memories Vignette One ? Home Life and CarnivalBirth of George. Black girl in white dress. Father´s tailor shop. Finishing collars after hours. Speaking Lithuanian. South Ozone Park. Languages and kindness at the local carnival. The wind, the horse and the vegetable cart. Big barrels in the street. The lost boy.Vignette Two - Coffins and MarketsThe horse-drawn coffin. Live poultry pluck-ing. Words paint pictures. Vision is the soul of our memory. Stash of cash on the laundry line. No hanging personal garments except in Italy. Princess Leia´s braids anticipated. Defrocking dissipates without vengefulness.Vignette Three ? Grapes and NunsA sewing machine from a devout Jew. Corrupt milk. Heavy furniture and babies sleeping. Stairs entertain. Multi-ethnic Democrats. Fruit trees, hedges, and hopscotch. Uncle Alfonse. Russian gardens, the grape house, bee hives and forbidden nectar. Hymns at 9am, The Terrifying and Severe Sisters. First Holy Communion but no conversions.Vignette Four ? Escape from RussiaThe Russian vintner returns to Stalin´s Soviet Union. His wife in the pig sty and he became working comrades. They miss America´s freedom. The vintner´s brother helps them escape. The brother is caught and sent to Siberia for execution. Mr. Novak and wife settle in Europe.Vignette Five ? Room, Board and TheftSponsored Lithuanians working their craft. 10 cents for church at the door. Married couples sit separately. News on the church steps and Sunday dinners. Women boarders and the thief. Coins in the skirt. Resting money at the bank earns interest. Psychedelic dreams from Lithuanian medicine. A bag of pecans.Vignette Six ? Opportunity Lost and SurgeryTobacco factory, money in the bank and classical novels. English classes. No woman outside after 6 pm. Children´s stories, a photographic memory, ´´The Iliad´´ and the ´´Arabian Nights.´´ Going deaf, ether dreams, surgery on the kitchen table. Four white dogs and Lithuanian melodies. A ´´black´´ party.Vignette Seven ? Parties and DreamsTessie´s 25th birthday party. Aprons again with caps and cigars. Crying girlfriend, stolen apron. Teacher´s first party. A criminal´s memories. Dreams from then and dreams at bedtime.Vignette Eight ? Penmanship and TheatreTime for Public School. Edward the baby brother, alone in the carriage. Betty mentors Anne but Anne is kept back. Anne is ´´Inna´´ until grade 3. Betty and the boys not interested in school. Mother´s children healthy, 100% attendance but still chicken pox and measles. Words by sight with no phonetics. Father forbids the left hand but advises how to write right. Cursive and Spelling. Live shows at the CrossBay Theatre. Arabs buried in the sand. Workman save Anne from the dirt. No friends buried.Vignette Nine ? Gardens, News and ExecutionLosing Betty´s nickel, going it alone, Mother displeased. A clotheslines, hanging and ironing. The old garden fails. Father´s big vegetables. Homework, phonetics and funny papers, three daily newspapers. Bonnie and Clyde, Dillinger and Gray and Ruth Snyder. Murder by bludgeoning and the speedy electrocution of iron-bound Ruth. The steel cap with one eye in the movie house. Snow sledding in Athol, Massachusetts. Christmas tree candles catch fire. Auto sleigh on the winding road and belly flopping. Black cherries in milk bottles.Vignette Ten ? Deaths and Hard CakeAt the library, reading Alice, Peter, and the Fox and the Bear. Beautiful Miss Martin dies in blue. Lithuanian Democrats lose to Herbert Hoover. Stock market crash. Coney Island. Charlie thrills me. Scary the King and Scary the Queen. Fritz is born. Communion. Aunt Tessie dies on her birthday and is buried next to Mother´s first child. The dark house and the little black girl again. A widow with a bank account for Alfonse. Steppe envies beautiful young Anne. Macy´s Santa and the flying animals. Mephistopheles for Macy´s. The Red Devil jumps the fence. A cake too hard.
´The novel is an absorbing briefing on cyberwarfare as well as a masterclass in characterisation´ SUNDAY TIMES Thriller of the Month There is a new cold war raging and its frontline warriors are Russian hackers - gang-members working freelance for the FSB, successor to the KGB. Massive thefts of personal information, electoral interference, catastrophic disruption of commercial and social services, banks, airlines, even whole countries disabled - this is happening now. Nicknamed ´Boot´ because of his obsession with the Duke of Wellington and the battle of Waterloo, Edwin Coker is a case officer at the Vauxhall headquarters of MI6. When a young hacker falls into his hands and reveals details of a secret meeting, Boot conceives a daring plan to strike back - not with a computer virus of his own, but with a bomb that will seriously damage the Russian operation, spreading fear and distrust. Now Boot and his little team need a ´deniable´ handler to deliver the explosives across the border from Estonia into Russia and bring the hacker back out. They turn to Merc, an ex-soldier fighting in Iraq, a gun-for-hire who knows how to get out of a tight spot. They hope. From the moment Merc sets out to cross the River Narva things do not go to plan and when the hacker´s sister becomes involved, his mission turns from tough to near impossible. The scene is set for a classic story of pursuit and evasion and an epic battle for survival.
Ken Follett´s extraordinary historical epic, the Century Trilogy, reaches its sweeping, passionate conclusion. In Fall of Giants and Winter of the World, Ken Follett followed the fortunes of five international families-American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh-as they made their way through the twentieth century. Now they come to one of the most tumultuous eras of all: the 1960s through the 1980s, from civil rights, assassinations, mass political movements, and Vietnam to the Berlin Wall, the Cuban Missile Crisis, presidential impeachment, revolution-and rock and roll. East German teacher Rebecca Hoffmann discovers she´s been spied on by the Stasi for years and commits an impulsive act that will affect her family for the rest of their lives. . . . George Jakes, the child of a mixed-race couple, bypasses a corporate law career to join Robert F. Kennedy´s Justice Department and finds himself in the middle of not only the seminal events of the civil rights battle but a much more personal battle of his own. . . . Cameron Dewar, the grandson of a senator, jumps at the chance to do some official and unofficial espionage for a cause he believes in, only to discover that the world is a much more dangerous place than he´d imagined. . . . Dimka Dvorkin, a young aide to Nikita Khrushchev, becomes an agent both for good and for ill as the United States and the Soviet Union race to the brink of nuclear war, while his twin sister, Tanya, carves out a role that will take her from Moscow to Cuba to Prague to Warsaw-and into history. Look out for Ken´s newest book, A Column of Fire, available now.