Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis and Mayhem in Moscow by Jennifer Erimeeva

After I got over my disappointment that 'HRH' didn't mean His Royal Highness and the author didn't know Prince Charles (!), I really enjoyed this book. Erimeeva was once in love with the idea of imperial Russia, but she never dreamed that she'd end up actually living in Russia during the last days of the Soviet Union. She tells amusing tales of being culled from a book club, battles with the Red and White Queens and strange expat balls. This is a must-read for anyone interested in real life in Russia and Russian history.

Two things did upset me a bit - there was no need for so much swearing and Erimeeva seemed to have a patronising attitude to religion.


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