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An Irish Woman in Czarist Russia

Author:

Jean Lombard

ISBN SB:

978-1-901658-78-1

Price SB:

€15.00
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Kathleen ffrench lived a storybook life – a life of opulence in a world on the brink of destruction. The headstrong child of an Irish diplomat and a Russian heiress, she grew up on her family’s estates by the Volga, touring the capitals of Europe with barons and princesses, and visiting a home away from home: her father’s castle in Galway.
Kathleen’s mercurial life was rich in trials and scandal. She suffered much heartache from the betrayals of her disturbed mother, and witnessed the atrocities of the Great War while serving in the Red Cross. In the 1917 Russian Revolution she was lucky to survive peasant uprisings and the brutality of Bolshevik prisons. Later, she was the first woman to drive into Eastern Siberia, where she spent months searching for her missing lover. In this fascinating biography, Jean Lombard draws on the candid letters of Kathleen and her family, as she takes her readers into a vanished world, where the colourful people we meet are surprisingly like our own. JEAN LOMBARD (née McMurtry) comes originally from Dublin where she met her future husband John, a journalist and cousin of Kathleen ffrench. After working in Moscow as a nanny, Jean migrated to Australia and married John. In 1988, they opened the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s first bureau in the former USSR. While John reported the collapse of Soviet Communism, Jean travelled widely, researching Kathleen’s life and letters.

Author:

Jean Lombard

Category:

Biography

Extent:

188 pgs b+w photos/illustrations throughout

Size (H x W):

Paperback 245mm x 175mm

ISBN SB:

978-1-901658-78-1

Price SB:

€15.00

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Mar 24, 2013

This is a fascinating tale and deserves a wide readership.

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