From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility.
'Everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight' Mail on Sunday
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'A comic masterpiece' Daily Express
'If we do a better book than this one on the book club this year we will be very very lucky' Matt Williams, Radio 2 Book Club
'Abundant in humour, history and humanity' Sunday Telegraph
'Wistful, whimsical and wry' Sunday Express
On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.
But instead of being taken to his usual suite, he is led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely.
While Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval, the Count, stripped of the trappings that defined his life, is forced to question what makes us who we are. And with the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.