One of our Great Reads you may have missed in 2011.
Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011.
Shortlisted for the Galaxy New Writer of the Year Award 2011.
January 2011 Debut of the Month.
Shortlisted for the CWA Gold Dagger 2011.
A chilling, intensely riveting psychological drama of love and moral freefall: of the corruption, by a corrupt society, of a corruptible young man. It is taut, intense and has a momentum as irresistible to the reader as the moral danger that first enchants, then threatens to overwhelm, its narrator.
CWA Judges’ comments: 'An alarming and sinister story set in decadent 1990s Moscow, and narrated by a confessional ex-pat British lawyer caught up in property scams and honey-traps. A hypnotically seductive and compelling exploration of moral danger in a society driven by greed and corruption at all levels.'
A. D. Miller's Snowdrops is a story that unfolds over the course of one Moscow winter, as a young Englishman's moral compass is spun by the seductive opportunities revealed to him by a new Russia: a land of hedonism and desperation, corruption and kindness, magical dachas and debauched nightclubs; a place where secrets - and corpses - come to light only when the deep snows start to thaw.
'A tremendously assured, cool, complex, slow-burn of a novel and a bleak and superbly atmospheric portrait of modern Russia'
'Irresitible, sophiisticated and compelling...darkly delicious Russian corruption and decadence.'
Simon Sebag Montefiore
'A chilling first novel about the slide from relative innocence into amorality. I love the honesty of the writing, and the way the furious cold of a bitter Moscow winter gradually emerges as a character in its own right.'
'Anybody who has spent any time in Moscow will instantly recognize the city's infamous decadence as well as its attraction in this extraordinarily evocative book - and anybody who has never been there will experience both the lure and the horror of modern Russia.'
'Miller's taut narrative is a deft mixture of suspense, intrigue and human tragedy. Romantic love, bad faith, self-delusion, cupidity and corruption are fatally entwined in a novel that brilliantly conveys the tawdriness of life in the underbelly of modern Moscow.'
Publication date: 01/09/2011
Publisher: Atlantic Books
|Publication date:||1st September 2011|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, Debuts of the Month, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Born in London in 1974, Andrew Miller studied literature at Cambridge and Princeton. He worked as a television producer before joining the Economist. From 2004 to 2007 he was the magazine's Moscow correspondent, travelling widely across Russia and the former Soviet Union. He is the author of the acclaimed family history The Earl of Petticoat Lane (Heinemann, 2006); Snowdrops is his first novel. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.More About A.D. Miller