Recommended by Heywood Hill Reader Catherine Gibbs
'Peter Pomerantsev’s sparkling exploration of the psyche of Putin’s Russia is a gem, disturbing, funny and utterly gripping. His beautifully told stories gathered from a rich cast of characters throw light on post-Soviet culture in all its dark colours where corruption, cults and contradictions thrive. Essential for anyone interested in modern Russia.'
Catherine Gibbs (in her own words) is Finance Director of Short Books, an independent publishing house, and of Portobello Games, makers of Snatch, a simple and aggressive word game for the very competitive. Heywood Hill is her favourite bookshop.