When Snow Fell

Troubador Publishing Ltd
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On the centenary of the Russian Revolution, WHEN SNOW FELL introduces us with passion, touching charm and a dose of humour to three generations of a family who fled from the horror to alien Oxfordshire, but whose Russian souls stayed behind in St Petersburg.
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Troubador Publishing Ltd
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Published on
May 28, 2017
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781788031868
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Language
English
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Fiction / General
Fiction / Historical / General
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