Originally published in 1997, The Angels of Russia was the first e-book to be submitted for the Booker Prize. Reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement, it was described as "a sweeping contemporary historical romance, set against the great drama of perestroika."
"My cousin Stephanie arrived in Leningrad in February 1986. Russia had possessed her since she was a child, not the grey utilitarian empire of Lenin and Stalin, but a romantic fairytale Russia of golden domes and white nights. When she met Sergei, standing in front of the Philharmonia Theatre, she was waiting to hear a concert by that most romantic of all composers, Tchaikovsky."
Stephanie is a French student, and Sergei is a dissident. When Stephanie falls in love with him and agrees to a marriage of convenience to help him leave the USSR, she believes that she is helping to outwit the...