Blood Red, Snow White, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The Russian Revolution. Fairy tale, spy thriller, love story. One man's life during the last days of the Romanovs, beautifully imagined by award-winning author Marcus Sedgwick.

Shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award. Set in the rich and atmospheric landscape of Russia during the revolution that sent shockwaves around the world, this is the partly true story of Arthur Ransome - a writer accused of being a spy.

Fictionalising history and blending it with one man's real life, Marcus Sedgwick expertly crafts this innovative and stimulating novel of three parts - a fairy tale full of wise and foolish kings, princesses, wishes and magic; a bleak and threatening spy thriller, and a love story ...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages, colour map
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical
  • ISBN: 9781842556375

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Well writen and a good story as well as lots of stuff about the first world war. It was a bit confusing though and I never totally understood all of what was going on.

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This is not a book about the Russian Revolution. This is a book about Arthur Ransome.Ransome was the author of Swallows and Amazons (amongst other adventure stories) and a journalist during the Russian Revolution. The novel revolves around his life, his aquaintances and his problems, few of which relate to the Revolution. This fascinating historical event happens almost in the background, an afterthought. Although his moral dilemmas over whether to become a spy form a large part, there is little else regarding the Revolution. The execution of the Tsar and his family form a mere three lines, while the difficulties in travelling back and forth between England and Russia drag on forever.It is also clearly a children's book. The language is very, very simple and the few factual parts are toned down for easier understanding. There are no likeable characters.All in all, the novel provides a very basic understanding of the Russian Revolution, if you're prepared to slog through the meanderings of Arthur Ransome's troubles with his wife.

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