And just like that, July is upon us. Before the dreaded school shoe shop, or the annual ‘is my suitcase overweight?’ worry, July’s Book Of The Month must first be revealed. A Gentleman In Moscow by Amor Towles is the book and we give you the lowdown on all you need to know.
Towles was born and raised in Boston, USA. In another life he was an Investment Professor however is now a full time writer living in Manhattan. The Rules of Civility was Towles first book, depicting New York’s social strata in the 1930’s. It was well received, with the Wall Street Journal calling it one of the best books of 2011.
A Gentleman In Moscow, the blurb
“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?”
A Gentleman In Moscow was first published in 2016 and stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for over a year. Its popularity hasn’t gone unnoticed, as there are now plans for a TV adaptation starring Kenneth Brannagh. Amor’s website contains a brilliant little reading guide for the book. Head over and you will find food suggestions for a book club, a history of the Metropol Hotel (the setting for the book) and recommendations for further reading.
We will be sharing our Big Review of A Gentleman In Moscow on 26 July. A series of Book Club questions will also be around for you to answer on 25 July. Don’t wait until then though, we would love to know your marks out of ten as soon as you have read it. So grab your copy and read along with us! In the meantime you can check out our June’s Book of the Month, Something In The Water, here.