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Tsarina

(2020)
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'Alpsten's colourful narrative does full justice to her extraordinary career' Sunday Times


'With its sprawling canvas and huge cast ... it's an entertaining romp through the endless intrigue, violence and debauchery of court life' Mail on Sunday

'A vivid page-turner of a debut' The Times

'The extraordinary life and career of Catherine I of Russia is brought to life in Alpsten's colourful novel'
Sunday Times, Summer Reading Picks 2020


Lover. Murderer. Mother. Meet TSARINA, the most powerful woman history ever forgot.



Spring 1699
: Illegitimate, destitute and strikingly beautiful, Marta has survived the brutal Russian winter in her remote Baltic village. Sold by her family into household labour at the age of fifteen, Marta survives by committing a crime that will force her to go on the run.

A world away, Russia's young ruler, Tsar Peter I, passionate and iron-willed, has a vision for transforming the traditionalist Tsardom of Russia into a modern, Western empire. Countless lives will be lost in the process.

Falling prey to the Great Northern War, Marta cheats death at every turn, finding work as a washerwoman at a battle camp. One night at a celebration, she encounters Peter the Great. Relying on her wits and her formidable courage, and fuelled by ambition, desire and the sheer will to live, Marta will become Catherine I of Russia. But her rise to the top is ridden with peril; how long will she survive the machinations of Peter's court, and more importantly, Peter himself?

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"Astonishing...the ultimate Cinderella story." - Daisy Goodwin

"Intrigue, rivalry, and sumptuous decadence leap to vivid life in this fascinating story of Peter the Great’s second wife...conjuring the gorgeous marble of the Winter Palace and deprivation of Russia in the 18th century, the perilous ascent to power of the first woman to rule as empress is a gripping and unforgettable journey." - C W Gortner

"Luscious…Alpsten has clearly done some brilliant research. It reads like Game of Thrones without the dragons." - Natasha Pulley

"Tsarina should come with a health warning - once you start reading, it’s impossible to stop." - Hannah Rothschild

"[Alpsten] recounts this remarkable woman’s colourful life and times." - Nikolai Tolstoy

"As detailed as the jewels and enamel inlay on the creations of Faberge...[a] crisp, elegant fictional account of history, woven with emotion and brio." - Adriana Trigiani


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Hardback Editions

October 2020 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-250-21443-2 / 978-1-250-21443-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


May 2020 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0641-0 / 978-1-5266-0641-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
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Paperback Editions

April 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tsarina
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-5266-0643-7 / 978-1-5266-0643-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU   


Audio Editions

October 2020 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
ISBN: 1-250-76997-3 / 978-1-250-76997-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU   


October 2020 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon   


October 2020 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Availability: Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

October 2020 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Tsarina: A Novel
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


May 2020 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tsarina: 'Makes Game of Thrones look like a nursery rhyme' - Daisy Goodwin
Author(s): Ellen Alpsten
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon AU