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Sell Us the Rope

Sell Us the Rope

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Revolutionary, poet, lover. Robber, murderer, spy. May 1907 and a young Stalin is in London for a conference of Russian communists. With Lenin, Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg among others he battles to keep the party radical, while dodging the attentions of the Czar’s secret police. He also finds himself drawn to a fiery Finnish activist, Elli Vuokko, beginning a relationship that is as dangerous as it is complicated. ‘Sell Us the Rope is original, adept and confident, with the spry sardonic voice of the new historical fiction: it is entertaining and in the end, deeply moving. What can I say, except that I wish I had written it myself? Hilary Mantel ‘It’s a fascinating and immersive imagining of real events that both challenges and illuminates history, and rendered in prose that pulls off the near-impossible task of making writing appear effortless. A rare achievement.’ Benjamin Myers ‘Stephen May’s writing is charming, energetic and moving and he brings the characters alive in this convincing and highly entertaining tale.’ Suzanne Joinson ‘Boldly conceived, precisely imagined, beautifully written, [...] a gripping and insightful exploration of Stalin as a young man in London. As good as anything you are likely to read this year.’ Michael Stewart ‘Electrically-imagined, immersive and compulsively readable, Sell Us the Rope hums with the visceral energy of revolutionary fervour, [...]I defy you to tear yourself away from its rich, astonishing pages.’  Liz Jensen