A Spy Novelist in Russia

Category: Featured

Earlier this month, author Charles Cumming was invited on a trip to Russia, organized by the British Council, as part of the 2014 ‘UK-Russia Year of Culture’ programme. They stayed in Moscow and Tarusa, visiting some absolutely incredible places – Tolstoy’s house at Yasnaya Polyana, Chekov’s country estate, the Kremlin – and soaking up the local culture (and, we assume, a sensible amount of vodka).

In case you didn’t catch Charles’s live tweets from Russia, we’ve provided a recap below. And if you want to see more of his accomplished photography, head on over to his facebook page ( to get a peek inside the Grand Kremlin Palace, see close-ups of Chekov’s writing desk, and James Bond’s swimming trunks!

Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming · Sep 7

Inside the Grand Kremlin Palace on Saturday afternoon pic.twitter.com/ID9F7PjpaE

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 Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming · Sep 8

At Kim Philby’s grave in Kuntsevo cemetery @StMartinsPress @HarperFiction #BritishCouncil #Moscow2014 @BenMacintyre1 pic.twitter.com/TBQAbrNDz9

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(If you have read Charles’s novel, The Trinity Six, you’ll appreciate this photo of him standing by Kim Philby’s grave.)

Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming · Sep 9

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The room in which he wrote War & Peace #Tolstoy #BritishCouncil pic.twitter.com/FYqMNw9ZmE

Alex von Tunzelmann @alexvtunzelmann · Sep 8

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UK authors visit Anton Chekhov’s house. The only one tall enough to ring Chekhov’s lunch bell is @CharlesC umming. pic.twitter.com/2HrHAYw70T

 

Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming · Sep 11

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Chess players in Gorky Park. The man in the cap beat me in 18 moves

 

Charles Cumming @CharlesCumming · Sep 9

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Tolstoy’s grave in the forest at Yasnaya Polyana pic.twitter.com/aByJLbiNRQ

 

Alex von Tunzelmann @alexvtunzelmann · Sep 8

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The most anguish-inducing breakfast I have ever seen. Welcome to rural Russia! @Tussymarx @CharlesCumming pic.twitter.com/oiyuevI6qn

 

Charles Cumming’s latest novel is A Colder War. You can follow him on twitter here and find him on facebook here 

A Colder War

A COLDER WAR – MOLE HUNT

Category: Competitions

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To celebrate the publication of Charles Cumming’s latest gripping spy thriller, A Colder War, we’ve set up a mole hunt of our very own.

Every day this week we will be posting two videos of Charles on a different blog site. For your chance to win a Kindle all you need to do is watch each video and answer the given question relating to that video.

At the end of the week, once you have all ten answers, take the first letter of each answer and it will spell out the name of a famous mole.

For example…

If the answers each day were MONDAY, OLIVE, LIGHTS, and EVERYONE, the final answer would be MOLE

Everyone still with me?!

When you have the name of the mole, please send your answer to killerreads@harpercollins.co.uk with the subject header MOLE HUNT. Entries will close at midnight on Friday 9th May.

The videos and questions will be posted on the following sites:

Monday 28th Aprils23783.p595.sites.pressdns.com – we’re kicking off the mole hunt right here, right now! So see below for the first videos

Tuesday 29th Aprilwww.thetattooedbook.blogspot.co.uk

Wednesday 30th Aprilwww.civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk

Thursday 1st Maywww.readerdad.co.uk

Friday 2nd Maywww.shotsmag.co.uk

 

Let the hunt begin…

Watch the video below and answer the following questions:

What are the surnames of the 2nd and 4th guests at Charles Cumming’s literary dinner party?

Happy hunting!

 

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