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From the New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Civility – a transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel.

***Soon to be a major TV series starring Kenneth Branagh***

OVER A MILLION COPIES SOLD
THE TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
A SUNDAY TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
A MAIL ON SUNDAY BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
A DAILY EXPRESS BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
AN IRISH TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR 2017
ONE OF BARACK OBAMA'S BEST BOOKS OF 2017
NOMINATED FOR THE 2018 INDEPENDENT BOOKSELLERS WEEK AWARD

‘This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don’t miss it’ Chris Cleave

‘No historical novel this year was more witty, insightful or original than Amor Towles’s A Gentleman in MoscowSunday Times, Books of the Year

‘Charming … shows that not all books about Russian aristocrats have to be full of doom and nihilism’ The Times, Books of the Year

'[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself.' Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year


On 21 June 1922, Count Alexander Rostov – recipient of the Order of Saint Andrew, member of the Jockey Club, Master of the Hunt – is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and through the elegant revolving doors of the Hotel Metropol.

Deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the Count has been sentenced to house arrest indefinitely. But instead of his usual suite, he must now live in an attic room while Russia undergoes decades of tumultuous upheaval.

Can a life without luxury be the richest of all?

Reviews

A comic masterpiece . . . very funny, tender and as laughably accurate an account of the dismal nature of life in Soviet Russia as one could hope for . . . Quite apart from the ingeniously ludicrous plot and the acutely drawn characters, what adds to the joy of this book is the precision of Towles’ style. Again and again he conveys exactly the right impression with a deliciously surprising choice of words . . . a sheer delight.

William Hartson, Daily Express

[A] supremely uplifting novel ... It's elegant, witty and delightful - much like the Count himself.

Mail on Sunday, Books of the Year

A work of great charm, intelligence and insight.

Nick Rennison, Sunday Times

Elegant sentences, wonderful characters and inventive storytelling . . . This is everything a novel should be: charming, witty, poetic and generous. An absolute delight.

Mail on Sunday

No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original

Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

There is so, so much to love in this book as we keep company with the endlessly entertaining Count . . .[This] novel is wistful, whimsical and wry and elegantly captures that most apposite of lessons: 'By the smallest of one's actions, one can restore some sense of order to the world'. Brilliant

Eithne Farry, Sunday Express

I think the world feels so disordered right now. The count’s refinement and genteel nature are exactly what we’re longing for. His world was also in shambles but he maintained his grace and humor.

Ann Patchett

A Gentleman in Moscow is a tale abundant in humour, history and humanity, with a poignant message about time passing. That Towles also makes this rollicking good fun is no mean feat.

Constance Watson, Sunday Telegraph

This novel is astonishing, uplifting and wise. Don’t miss it.

Chris Cleave

WINNING . . . GORGEOUS . . . SATISFYING . . . TOWLES IS A CRAFTSMAN

New York Times Book Review

A Gentleman in Moscow is exquisitely propped and styled, from the silver samovars to the red covers of Baedeker guides . . . [T]he count charms and disarms, and his story sparks much joy and a new anti-Kondo philosophy: chuck much, but keep all the books.

The Times

A sheer delight … a gorgeous comic epic.

Daily Express

I adored A Gentleman in Moscow . . . This is a lovely, meandering story as charming and elegant as the Count himself.

Red

Towles’ use of language is an absolute pleasure to read and you can’t help but savour every last word . . . What makes it a great work of historical fiction is the apt creations the author builds outside the hotel walls in a truly tumultuous time. Towles creates such a memorable character in Rostov and this book brings something for everyone - humour, history, friendship and philosophy

Irish Times

What makes it a great work of historical fiction are the creations the author builds outside the hotel in a truly tumultuous time.

i Newspaper

If we do a better book than this on the [Simon Mayo Radio 2] Book Club, we'll have a very very good year!

Matt Williams, Radio 2 Book Club

A Gentleman in Moscow is quite a novel. Towles’ use of language is a pleasure and you can’t help but savour every word . . . a great work of fiction.

The Herald

A love story like no other, in a beautiful-looking book.

Sun

The perfect escapist read, Amor Towles’ A Gentleman In Moscow is utterly mesmerising.

Stylist

An inventive and charming novel

You magazine

The same gorgeous, layered richness that marked Towles' debut shapes this novel

Entertainment Weekly

A masterful writer . . . a talent for conjuring up scenes from the past and present and bringing them into remarkable focus

Washington Times

This novel is as much a celebration of that great culture as it is a biography of an irrepressible and indomitable spirit . . . an absolute must read.

Irish Independent

Spread across four decades, this is in all ways a great novel, a nonstop pleasure brimming with charm, personal wisdom and philosophical insight.

Kirkus

This is parable for all world travellers.

GQ

A charming novel.

Sunday Times Culture Magazine

Lovely, long and lingering story.

Red

Written with a clipped, capering style and comic flair that can't fail to charm.

Compass magazine

A profound, often funny survey of mid-20th-Century Russia

Daily Telegraph

Unputdownable

Irish Independent

No historical novel was more witty, insightful and original

Sunday Times, Culture Magazine

Among the greatest comic novels of all time . . . told with such style and wit that every page reduced me to helpless laughter and admiration

The Daily Express, BOOK OF THE YEAR

The book I would recommend to anyone who appreciates what only fiction can do … It’s a page-turner and a delight.

David Hepworth, Radio Times

A heart-warming story that asks the reader to consider what is important in life. We loved it. *****

Woman’s Weekly

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  • Paperback

    9780099558781

    January 2, 2018

    Windmill Books

    480 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook

    9781448135509

    February 9, 2017

    Cornerstone Digital

    480 pages

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  • EBook

    9781473539242

    September 8, 2016

    Cornerstone Digital

    480 pages

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