A new novel of revolution and betrayal from the Booker-shortlisted author of Snowdrops
Twelve years ago, Simon Davey prevented a tragedy, and ruined his own life.
“I loved this beautiful novel. It's a supremely timely story of deeply-rooted corruption, but also of idealism and longing for freedom. I found it very powerful and profoundly moving.”
Once a senior diplomat in Kiev, he lost everything in a lurid scandal. Back in London, still struggling with the aftermath of his disgrace, he is travelling on the Tube when he sees her...
Olesya is the woman Simon holds responsible for his downfall. He first met her on an icy night during the protests on Independence Square. Full of hope and idealism, Olesya could not know what a crucial role she would play in the dangerous times ahead—and in Simon’s fate. Or what compromises she would have to make to protect her family.
When Simon decides to follow Olesya, he finds himself plunged back into the dramatic days which changed his life forever. Olesya’s past, he begins to see, has not been what he thought it was—and neither has his own.
Moving from the barricades of a revolution to an oligarch’s palace, Independence Square is a story of ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times. It is a story about corruption and betrayal—and about where, in the twenty-first century, power really lies.