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Anna Blundy has worked in the news media since leaving Oxford in 1992, from doing the photocopying at ABC news in Moscow to being the Moscow bureau chief for the Times. She has published two books, EVERY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, a memoir of her father, a war correspondent who was killed by a sniper in El Salvador in 1989, and ONLY MY DREAMS, a novel set in England and Russia. She lives in Italy with her husband, Horatio, and children Lev and Hope. Her proudest achievement is having been a blues singer in a Moscow band in the early 1990s and she wishes she was more like her heroine, Faith Zanetti.
This is quite simply terrific. It is the first in a planned sequence of novels featuring the war correspondent Faith Zannetti and it starts with her being posted to Israel. Faith is a great creation the plot is fast and furious. Blundy wrote of her fatherâ€™s death in El Salvador in Every Time we say Goodbye and her background shines through this.
Pavel Ivanchenko's life begins in poverty and violence, but he is destined to become one of the richest men in the world: one of the post-Glasnost Oligarchs. He starts his business life trading illegal vodka on the freezing, grimy streets of Kargasok, he ends up buying most of the steel in the old Soviet Union, believing that he can buy, sell, or destroy anything or anyone - especially women. This is principally the story of two of those women: one English, one Russian, who become friends as girls in Moscow, and whose lives then become entwined through their turbulent relationships with the Oligarch. From Moscow to London and the French Riviera, back to St Petersburg, from the grinding boredom of extreme poverty, to the surreal stage sets of fabulous wealth, the story leads us deep into the heart of an unknown and fascinating world, with a larger-than-life man - part hero, part villain - at its centre.
Faith Zanetti, war correspondent and now a mother, is sleeping with an edgy Russian who lives on the seedy side of ex-pat London. When he gets dramatically poisoned and suspects the Russian security services of targeting him, Faith is sucked into a drama that transports her to the swelter of Cairo and into a breathtaking and terrifying world she barely knew existed. Sharply observed, moving and totally compulsive, My Favourite Poison is a spectacular adventure for the heroine men want to be with and women want to be.
Faith Zanetti doesn't much care who put the bomb on flight TAA67, the plane that blew up over the tiny Scottish village of Cairbridge twenty-five years ago. Wasn't it those Libyan blokes who went to prison for it? For a woman whose comfort zone is a war zone it seems like the boring assignment from hell. But as the conspiracy theories start seeming less theoretical and the threats get increasingly real, Faith realises she's skating on thin ice. With the ghost of her dead father creeping out of her dreams as Sicily erupts in violence around her, and the screams of the doomed passengers ringing in her ears, Faith begins to suspect that the truth she seeks might be closer to home than she thought . . .
Be careful what you wish for...Alice Reynolds had always dreamt of escaping her grimy corner of South London for the fairytale world of the privileged aristocratic elite. Cricket whites, Pimms and summer balls were the stuff of Alice's dreams. But when those dreams come true, the friends and enemies she makes on a trip to Russia draw her into a completely different world. Fifteen years later, it's another journey to Russia - this time to procure a priceless Faberge egg for the dangerously sexy Zander Sinclair - which shatters Alice's fragile existence, exposing lethal secrets from the past and throwing her together once again with the one man she could never forget.