This 3rd novel from Eva Stachniak is a fresh fictional look at the fascinating life of Catherine the Great told through her “tongue” — a young lower-class orphan who eventually becomes a spy at the Imperial Court. Fans of historical fiction will love this opulent and lush story, bursting with period detail, that brings Catherine’s life in the Winter Palace vividly to life.
When Vavara, a young Polish orphan, arrives at the glittering, dangerous court of the Empress Elizabeth in St Petersburg, she is schooled in skills ranging from lock-picking to love-making, learning above all else to stay silent - and listen. Then Sophie, a vulnerable young princess, arrives from Prussia as a prospective bride for the Empress' heir. Set to spy on her, Vavara soon becomes her friend and confidante, and helps her navigate the illicit liaisons and the treacherous shifting allegiances of the court. But Sophie's destiny is to become the notorious Catherine the Great. Are her ambitions more lofty and far-reaching than anyone suspected, and will she stop at nothing to achieve absolute power?
Closing date: 31/08/2018
Riveting... Stachniak has uncovered a treasure trove of rich material... The real core of 'Stachniak's tale is that [Catherine and Elizabeth] are women... Casts light over recent Russian history too, which is exactly what historical fiction should do' -- Jane Smiley Globe and Mail
'A wonderful novel, riven with intrigue and startling details, the sort to savour on a long winter evening' Daily Telegraph
'The kind of big busty read that sends you back to the history books' The Sunday Times
'Extraordinarily absorbing... will have you on the edge of your seat' Daily Mail
'A wonderful tale of the Imperial Russia court in all its glittering glory. Eva Stachniak vividly brings to life the early years of the meek young bride who would become the terrifying, fascinating Catherine the Great' -- Kate Williams, Author Of England's Mistress And Becoming Queen
Publication date: 08/11/2012
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Publication date: 19/01/2012
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||8th November 2012|
|Publisher:||Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction, Reading Groups,|
Eva Stachniak was born in Wroclaw, Poland, and now lives in Canada, where she has been a radio broadcaster and college English and humanities lecturer. Her debut novel, Necessary Lies, won the Amazon.com/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and her second novel, Dancing with Kings, has been translated into seven languages. She lives in Toronto,where she is working on her second novel about Catherine the Great, also to be published by DoubledayMore About Eva Stachniak