Blood Red, Snow White

Blood Red, Snow White

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The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man's life during the last days of the Romanovs, beautifully imagined by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick. Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award.

Set in the rich and atmospheric landscape of Russia during the revolution that sent shockwaves around the world, this is the partly true story of Arthur Ransome - a writer accused of being a spy.

Fictionalising history and blending it with one man's real life, Marcus Sedgwick expertly crafts this innovative and stimulating novel of three parts - a fairy tale full of wise and foolish kings, princesses, wishes and magic; a bleak and threatening spy thriller, and a love story . . .
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Product details

  • 12+
  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 132 x 198 x 24mm | 302g
  • Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • colour map
  • 1842556371
  • 9781842556375
  • 36,748

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A fascinating blend of history, spy story and love story, stylishly told - BOOKSELLER

An absorbing and stimulating tale that cements [Sedgwick's] position as one of the most powerful and innovative writers of contemporary fiction for this age - BOOKS FOR KEEPS

A sophisticated novel... written with a rare sureness of touch... It will reward readers of any age - SUNDAY TIMES
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About Marcus Sedgwick

Marcus Sedgwick is a full time author. His first novel, Floodland, won the Branford Boase Award for the best debut children's novel of 2000. Since then his books have been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Blue Peter Book Award, the Costa Book Award, the Carnegie Medal and the Edgar Allan Poe Award.

Find his website at and follow him on Twitter @marcussedgwick.
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Rating details

1,688 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 22% (365)
4 35% (590)
3 32% (539)
2 9% (147)
1 3% (47)
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