On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.
Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?
THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS WEEK
‘Charming … shows that not all books about Russian aristocrats have to be full of doom and nihilism’ – The Times
Padstow Bookseller Book Club Book for March 2020, to be discussed in April’s meeting.
Paperback, 480 pages