Winter 1916, in St Petersburg, snow is falling in a country on the brink of revolution.

Beautiful and headstrong, Sashenka Zeitlin is just sixteen. As her mother parties with Rasputin and her dissolute friends , Sahsenka slips into the frozen night to play her role in a dangerous game of conspiracy and seduction.

Twenty years on, Sashenka has a powerful husband and two children. Around her, people are disappearing though her own family seems safe. But she’s about to embark on a foreign love affair which will have devestating consequences.

Sashenka’s story lies hidden for half a century, until a young historian goes deep into Stalin’s private archives and uncovers a heartbreaking tale of passion and betrayal, savage cruelty and unexpected heroism – and of a woman forced to make an unbearable choice…

SASHENKA was published on 30th June 2008 by Bantam Press.

“Intensely moving, with an unforgettable climax that will touch the hardest heart.”
– Jung Chang, author of Wild Swans

“Completely addictive”
Daily Mail

‘Terrific stuff! The novel throbs with sex, maternal feeling, revolutionary fervour, and terror’.
The Sunday Times

“This family saga captures both the epic travails of a Bolshevik elite that fell from grace and also – ambitiously – the enigmas of historical knowledge itself.”

“Powerful, erudite, well – structured, with a heroine who lingers in the mind when the story is finished.”
The Spectator

“Spellbinding.  Sashenka, Simon Montefiore’s first novel, is a historical whodunit with the epic sweep of a Hollywood movie.  Montefiore is a natural storyteller who brings his encyclopedic knowledge of Russian history to life in language that glitters like the ice of St. Petersburg.’
Washington Post

“Unforgettable. Inspiring. Montefiore proves a matchless storyteller, his prose harrowing and precise.”
Wall Street Journal