Sell Us the Rope
Author: Stephen May
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This immersive, compulsively readable feat of historical fiction from the author of Costa Novel Award-nominated Life! Death! Prizes! reimagines Stalin’s 1907 trip to London for a communist conference, with the likes of Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg in the supporting cast.
Revolutionary, poet, lover. Robber, murderer, spy.
May 1907 and a young Stalin is in London for a conference of Russian communists. With Lenin, Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg among others he battles to keep the party radical, while dodging the attentions of the Czar’s secret police. He also finds himself drawn to a fiery Finnish activist, Elli Vuokko, beginning a relationship that is as dangerous as it is complicated.
‘Original, adept and confident… What can I say, except that I wish I had written it myself?’ -Hilary Mantel