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St. Martin's Press
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6.1 X 9.4 X 1.7 inches | 1.49 pounds

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About the Author

ELLEN ALPSTEN was born and raised in the Kenyan highlands. Upon graduating from L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, she worked as a news anchor for Bloomberg TV London. Whilst working gruesome night shifts on breakfast TV, she started to write in earnest, every day, after work and a nap. Today, Ellen works as an author and as a journalist for international publications such as Vogue, Standpoint and CN Traveller. She lives in London with her husband, three sons and a moody fox red Labrador. Tsarina is her debut novel.


Praise for Tsarina

"Astonishing...the ultimate Cinderella story." --Daisy Goodwin, bestselling author of The Fortune Hunter

"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, bestselling author of The Shoemaker's Wife

"Gripping...Love, sex, and loyalty vie with war, intrigue, and treason to create an epic canvas as exotic and powerful as eighteenth-century Russia itself. Masterfully researched and beautifully written, this is historical fiction at its best." --Nancy Goldstone, author of Daughters of the Winter Queen and Rival Queens

"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, author of The Romanov Empress

"[Alpsten] recounts this remarkable woman's colourful life and times." --Count Nikolai Tolstoy, historian and author

"Luscious...Alpsten has clearly done some brilliant research. It reads like Game of Thrones without the dragons." --Natasha Pulley, author of the international bestseller The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

"Tsarina should come with a health warning--once you start reading, it's impossible to stop." --Hannah Rothschild, bestselling author of House of Trelawney