Simon Montefiore came in to sign his novel Sashenka yesterday.
More usually known for his journalism and excellent history books (Catherine the Great and Potemkin, Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar and most recently The Young Stalin) Simon has now turned to real storytelling and produced a novel.
I love the Russian classics (we once had a promotion that involved buy one get Crime and Punishment free - take that Waterstoners etc!) and I have a heart of Steel. (In other words only two books have ever made me cry - The final part of Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy and Watership Down by Richard Adams) Initially I thought I would give Sashenka a miss as it looked a little bit too "family saga" for my taste. But I opened the book, started reading and have been captivated ever since...
I think we have signed first editions of a massive bestseller in stock!