by Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Russia, Fairy Tales
Nantucket, Royale-les-Bains and Davos. If you mean genuinely fictional places – Gormenghast, Gormenghast and Gormenghast.
Oh, these questions are so tough! Just one?! Today I will pick “so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” Sorry to be obvious.
Keep being addicted. It’s scientifically proven that reading fiction makes you a better, kinder, more tolerant person. And better looking, too. (One of these may not actually be true).
It’s a true story so I didn’t have to come up with it, I just had to work out how best to tell it. It’s harder than it may seem to tell a true story.
Lots of them, but mostly the opening scenes in which I recast the Russian revolution in the form of a fairy tale.
It would be the title track of the soundtrack to “From Russian with Love” – the second Bond movie.
Google some images of the Russian Revolution – St Petersburg in 1917. Read Arthur Ransome’s book of stories: “Old Peter’s Russian Tales”, and drink some vodka…