About the Author
Simon Montefiore 's ancestors escaped from the Tsarist Empire at the turn of the
century, and sparked his lifelong interest in Russia. As a correspondent in the
early 1990s, he covered the wars and turbulence surrounding the fall of the
Soviet Union. As a historian, he has spent the last ten years researching the
Russian archives . The personal stories he found there helped inspire this
novel. Born in 1965, Simon Montefiore lives in London with his wife, the
novelist Santa Montefiore, and their two children.