Writing about Russias past, present and possible


Vanora Bennett’s two acclaimed Russia novels, MIDNIGHT IN ST PETERSBURG and THE WHITE RUSSIAN, have been bought in the USA by St Martin’s Press.

The American MIDNIGHT IN ST PETERSBURG comes out on January 19, 2016. You can see the beautiful romantic jacket here on the left.


THE WHITE RUSSIAN came out in paperback in Canada in spring 2015 (published by HarperCollins in the very elegant cover below), soon after its UK paperback publication in March 2015. And the Canadian version of MIDNIGHT IN ST PETERSBURG is on the right.

Here are some of the books I've most enjoyed writing

set in real or imagined Russias and the England of the past

The White Russian

Rebellious American Evie, in jazz-age Paris to find her arty grandmother, discovers the forlorn world of emigre White Russians, as well as her own family’s secrets, as the Second World War comes closer.

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Midnight in St Petersburg

On the eve of the Russian Revolution, Inna, a Jewish girl escaping pogroms, finds a home among violin makers in St Petersburg, and the possibility of love. But how long will her safety last?

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Jacket image for Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Portrait of an Unknown Woman

Protestant Hans Holbein paints a portrait of Catholic Sir Thomas More and his family as King Henry’s passion for Anne Boleyn pushes England to its break with Rome.

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The Taste of Dreams: An Obsession with Russia and Caviar

My travels in Russia: surrounded by 150 million wild post-Communists trying to get rich quick, I went looking for caviar thieves on the Caspian Sea.

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