Bestselling author Noel Barber weaves a tale of love, tragedy and joy that begins in 1919 as Prince Dmitri Korolev and his family are caught up in the dramatic upheavalsof European revolution and war. 'An ingenious blend of escapism and fact . . . Barber is the master' <i>Mail on Sunday</i>
This a panoramic novel of Europe during the glamorous and dangerous years between the wars. It tells of the loves and adventures of the family of Prince Dmitri Korolev - especially the twins Nicki and Rudi, and their cousin Natasha. The story begins in 1919 with the family's escape from the Russian Revolution and follows their progress through Switzerland to the bustle and excitement of Paris. Rudi becomes separated along the way and the brothers grow up apart; he is only re-united with his family as the threat of the Second World War looms and they come under further pressure from the Communist police. Noel Barber, author of TANAMERA, A FAREWELL TO FRANCE, A WOMAN OF CAIRO and THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE, draws upon his own experiences - he lived in Paris for many years as a foreign correspondent - in writing this book.
'An astonishing fictional debut . . . A great read' - Daily Mail on TANAMERA
'An exceedingly good book, and one of the can't put down variety . . . a winner' M M Kaye, author of <i>The Far Pavilions</i> - M M Kaye, author of The Far Pavilions on TANAMERA
'Noel Barber has always done everything in a big way, with style, panache and a dash of adventure. But he has never written a story of such dimensions, such a sense of history and imagination as this first novel . . . it is an intensely gripping and convincing story' - Manchester Evening News on TANAMERA
'Barber is a master' - Mail on Sunday