The People’s Train
by Thomas Keneally
Artem Samsurov flees from Tsarist Russia to Australia.
When the 1917 revolution breaks out Artem returns to Russia to participate in the creation of a socialist society.
Keneally, the author of Schindler’s Ark, has based this superb novel on the true story of a Bolshevik.
Alone in Berlin
by Hans Fallada
This 1947 novel, recently translated into English, follows the life of Otto and Anna Quangel, who live in Berlin under Adolf Hitler’s dictatorship.
When their beloved son is killed in the Second World War they begin to resist the regime.
Life and Fate
by Vasily Grossman
The battle of Stalingrad is at the centre of Grossman’s masterpiece.
A huge cast of German and Russian characters grapple with the horrors in which the Second World War have placed them.
The City & the City
by China Mieville
This fantastical crime thriller won the Arthur C Clarke science fiction award.
Inspector Tyador Borlú is trying to solve the murder of a mysterious woman in the city of Beszél.
He discovers that the victim has links to Ul Qoma, a city that exists in the same physical space as Beszél.
by Sara Paretsky
The latest VI Warshawski novel finds the private detective uncovering the racist past and present of Chicago. Paretsky’s desire for social justice burns through.