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'No Blanket - a Great Oversight in a Siberian Winter'. Novgorod the Great, ancient city of a thousand saints, August 1833. A young widow and a prosperous merchant encounter each other by chance in an inn kept by a man whose antipathy to all guests is matched only by his violent loathing of poets. But during a night spent in each other's company, filled with dawning hope, revelation, unfortunate accidents and pickled eggs, several remarkable stories unfold. The story of John Cochrane, pedestrian traveller extraordinaire, and deceased husband of the young widow Ksenia; of his infamous father, who spent his life defrauding governments and upsetting Napoleon; of Ksenia Loginova's perilous 6,000-mile journey across Siberia and the unwelcome attentions of a troubadour; and, of the merchant Horatio who reflects on love, slavery and arithmetic. Among other matters discussed at length in the small hours of the night are carnivorous Colombian elephants and the questionable motives of travellers...

Fiction & PoetryHistorical Fiction Publisher: Birlinn General Publication Date: 20/08/2010 ISBN-13: 9781846971013  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Andrew Drummond was born in Edinburgh and educated at the University of Aberdeen, where he studied modern languages. He has published a number of translations from German, and his first novel, An Abridged History of the Construction of the Railway Line between Garve, Ullapool and Lochinver, was published by Polygon and shortlisted for the Saltire First Book of the Year Award in 2004. Polygon has also published A Hand-book of Volapuk in 2006 and Elephantina in 2008. He lives in Edinburgh.

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