‘The coldest place on earth’ is an intimate, affecting and beautifully realised journey into the mind of Irina Petruchevsky; an ordinary woman, fighting to survive a life lived in a truly extraordinary world.
Irina runs a failing motel in a dying Siberian town. She supplements her dwindling income by trekking to the weather station, beyond the last, lonely wooden house at the very end of Libsky Street, to record the daily temperature.
But when a young woman from Moscow, Anya, arrives at the motel, Irina’s precarious existence is threatened. Anya is an engineer, sent from the Institute to automate the weather station. It seems Irina’s services will no longer be needed. Desperate to delay the work, Irina gathers her courage and begins a conversation that could change her life forever.
About the author:
Kate Barker-Mawjee is a copywriter, columnist and occasional speech writer who runs the busy London creative agency she founded. She is a communications adviser to political parties, think tanks and charities and the expert strategist behind several award-winning advertising campaigns. A mother of boys and an LGB activist, she believes things may not always be as they appear. This is her first novel.