LoveReading

Becoming a member of the LoveReading community is free.

No catches, no fine print just unadulterated book loving, with your favourite books saved to your own digital bookshelf.

New members get entered into our monthly draw to win £100 to spend in your local bookshop Plus lots lots more…

Find out more

Leo Tolstoy - Author

About the Author

Leo Tolstoy was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, province of Tula, the fourth son of Count Nikolay Tolstoy. Between 1856 and 1861 Tolstoy wrote and traveled abroad extensively. He returned with a sense of revulsion for what he considered to be European materialism. In 1859 he started several schools for peasant children at Yasnaya and in 1862 he founded a magazine in which he contended that it was the peasants who should teach the intellectuals, rather than the other way round. Tolstoy's increasingly radical political stance at the end of his life alienated his wife. He frequently dispensed huge sums of money to beggars and drew up a will relinquishing his copyrights. Such behavior led to frequent disputes with his Sofia. Finding it impossible to continue living a comfortable life with his family whilst preaching communism, he left Yasnaya in 1910, with one of his daughters and his doctor, for an unknown destination. He died on the journey and was buried in a simple peasant's grave.

Featured books by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/01/2016

It's 1805 and St Petersburg, Russia is overwhelmed by terror and uncertainty as Napoleon marches on the country and war breaks out.  Focusing on three characters whose lives are transformed, War and Peace is about people trying to find their place in a world completely changed by war, social, political and spiritual upheaval. Timeless themes that resonate today while also offering an insight into a moment in history. A fantastic classic recommended by us. Visit our '50 Classics Everyone Should Read' collection to discover more classic titles.

ebook of the month
War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback Release Date: 31/12/2015

The lives of Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha are changed forever as conflict rages throughout the early nineteenth century. Following the rise and fall of some of society's most influential families, this truthful and poignant epic is as relevant today as ever. This six part adaptation has been written by Bafta-winning author Andrew Davies and will be directed by Tom Harper (Peaky Blinders, The Scouting Book for Boys, Woman in Black: Angel of Death). Accompanied by a stellar cast including Paul Dano (12 years a Slave, Prisoners, There Will be Blood) as the idealistic Pierre, James Norton (Happy Valley, Belle, Grantchester) as the ambitious Prince Andrei and Lily James (Cinderella, Downton Abbey) as the impulsive beauty Natasha. It also features the legendary Jim Broadbent (Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, Longford), Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The X-Files), Greta Scacchi (White Mischief, Presumed Innocent) and many more.

ebook of the month

Other books by Leo Tolstoy

A Letter to a Hindu

A Letter to a Hindu

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi Format: Pamphlet Release Date: 25/11/2020

Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (riverrun editions)

Childhood, Boyhood and Youth (riverrun editions)

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Andrew O'Hagan Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/11/2020

'The beautiful illusion, when reading Tolstoy, is that one is looking directly at the world, as opposed to a depiction' Andrew O'Hagan from his preface to Childhood, Boyhood and Youth Published in 1852, when he was just twenty-four, Childhood was Tolstoy's first published work, and the first of a trilogy of stories that evoke the upbringing and traditional education of a Russian aristocrat in a world that vanished with the revolution. In this self-portrait, narrated by its protagonist Nikolya, the young Tolstoy captured the textures of adolescence with a psychological insight and subtlety of analysis that look forward to his mature achievements; while his matchless objectivity - summoning the smells, sights and sounds of early childhood - is already fully present in these pages. The riverrun edition reissues the translation of Louise and Aylmer Maude, whose influential versions of Tolstoy first brought his work to a wide readership in English.

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

The Kingdom of God Is Within You

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/08/2020

The Cossacks

The Cossacks

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/07/2020

What to do?

What to do?

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

What to do?

What to do?

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/07/2020

What is art?

What is art?

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2020

War and Peace

War and Peace

Author: Leo Tolstoy, Daniel H Shubin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/06/2020

Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

The Greatest Short Stories Of Leo Tolstoy

The Greatest Short Stories Of Leo Tolstoy

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/06/2020

The diaries of Leo Tolstoy

The diaries of Leo Tolstoy

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2020

What is Art?

What is Art?

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/03/2020

The Awakening

The Awakening

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2020

A Russian Proprietor and Other Stories

A Russian Proprietor and Other Stories

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2020

Sevastopol

Sevastopol

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/02/2020

Sevastopol

Sevastopol

Author: Leo Tolstoy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/02/2020

Author Info

Twitter Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Twitter updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more

Facebook Updates

If this is your author page then you can share your Facebook updates with your readers right here on LoveReading

Find out more