Wednesday, July 09, 2008


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!


  1. AnonymousJuly 09, 2008

    where's the Sebag gone?


  2. Good question Rich. Can't answer though...btw we have some new Patrick Hamilton in - including Craven House!

  3. Liar! You cried your little heart out at 'A Long Long Way'. Who knows what other tears have been shed in secret...

  4. Curses - forgot about that one...

    To tell the truth I was a kid when I read Watership Down, not the tough steely man I am today. (Ahm!)

    I fell in love with Andy Murray and that muscle moment. Andy - I'm with you man! And so are all wimpy men everywhere! I know when you looked in the mirror your biceps looked bigger...