Blood Red Snow White

Publisher: Hachette

Review

Russian fairytale and historical fact combine in this compelling account of Swallows and Amazons author Arthur Ransome and his experiences in revolutionary Russia.

Ransome leaves his unhappy marriage in England and moves to Russia to work as a journalist for the Daily News, little realising revolution would erupt before his eyes. Called on by the British to spy upon the Bolsheviks, Ransome finds his loyalties torn when he falls in love with Trotsky's secretary and is forced to make some difficult decisions.

No prior knowledge of Ransome or the revolution is needed to enjoy this beguilingly written account of Rasputin, the Romanovs and Lenin; with Ransome, a troubled Englishman amidst it all.

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