Beyond the Samovar


Beyond the Samovar is a gripping, engaging story of escape, love and loss.

In 1919, a young English couple, Livvy and Peter, leave Baku, which the previous year had become the capital of an independent Azerbaijan. While Livvy is reluctant to leave her home, Peter sees no future for Britons in the new country and treats their escape as an adventure. With their baby, they bluff and bribe their way across Bolshevik and White Russian territory to Archangel on the north coast of Russia, hoping to board a British ship. Only two of them ever manage to reach home.


About the Author:

Born and brought up in Worcestershire, Janet trained as a teacher in Oxford.  She worked in Warwickshire, France and Hampshire and has lived in Dorset since 1991.  Although history remains her first love, for many years she taught English in the south of England to military officers from the Middle East and Francophone Africa.  Janet has had competition successes with short and long fiction, and short stories published online and in anthologies.  Beyond the Samovar, set in early 20th century Russia and England, is her first published novel.  Janet reviews for the Historical Novels Review, and enjoys walking with others in the timeless Dorset countryside, choral singing, choosing books for young members of her family, and growing vegetables and salads in the walled courtyard garden of her Victorian house.  She is working on a novel exploring exile and ambition, set in early 20th century Russia, Persia, Constantinople and Paris.