Reviews

  • A gripping, vivid, deeply researched chronicle of the Russian Revolution told through the eyes of a surprising, flamboyant cast of foreigners in Petrograd, superbly narrated by Helen Rappaport.

    Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs
  • Next year's centenary will prompt a raft of books on the Russian Revolution. They will be hard pushed to better this highly original, exhaustively researched and superbly constructed account.

    Saul David, Daily Telegraph
  • This is narrative history at its very best, communicating the confusion, exhilaration, horror and despair of that momentous year

    BBC History Magazine
  • Chronicles the events of 1917 through the eyes of foreigners resident in Petrograd — diplomats, journalists, merchants, factory owners, charity workers and simple Russophiles... a wonderful array of observations, most of them misguided, some downright bizarre. What makes this book so delightful and enlightening is the depth of incredulity it reveals... [A] wonderful book.

    Gerard DeGroot, The Times
  • Thoroughly-researched and absorbing... this book offers a compelling picture of life in Petrograd in this momentous and often terrible year... One gets a wonderful picture of the extraordinary and beautiful city... and a keen sense of the really grotesque inequality that has always existed there.

    Allan Massie, Scotsman
  • A past more dramatic than Chekhov, more tragic than Tolstoy and more romantic than Pasternak... Helen Rappaport collates a vast menagerie of eyewitnesses [from Petrograd 1917] into a cast of fascinating characters... bring[ing] an absorbing period of history closer to home.

    Guy Pewsey, Evening Standard
  • A vivid account of the city ‘taut as a wire’… highly readable and fluent… Rappaport has unearthed striking new material

    Spectator, Charlotte Hobson
  • Fascinating… A colourful account of expatriate life in the Russian capital in 1917.

    Peter Conradi, Sunday Times

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