The Tzar’s Curious Runaways

“A vivid, vibrant adventure celebrating difference and friendship. Thrilling and moving.” Clare Balding

The Tzar's curious runaways book cover by Robin Scott-Eliot

A magical, captivating tale of adventure set in Imperial Russia.

St Petersburg, 1725: Everything Katinka Dashkova knows is changing. Katinka, a dazzling ballerina born with a hunched back, and her friends Alexei the Giant and Nikolai the Dwarf are different. That’s why they’re part of Peter the Great’s Circus of Curiosities. But the Tzar is dead and they must flee the Winter Palace. Guided by a special map, they set out across Russia running for their lives. Available to pre-order from Waterstones

“An enchanting & exceptional debut with all the callings of a contemporary classic. Word perfect; it read like Rundell, Ibbotson and Pullman. It held my heart in its pages – storytelling magic.” Scott Evans, The Reader Teacher

“An epic adventure full of humour, courage, intrigue, survival and ultimately true friendship – vivid and beautifully written.” Caroline, book group member

“A beautifully written book which transports you to 1725 and drops you into adventure. Love it – the characters stayed in my head for days after shutting the book. It’s a beautiful book, couldn’t wait to pick it up every night.” Heidi, PR consultant and book group member

“This curious reader ran away to Russia and went on an unforgettable adventure with three new friends – thank you!” Liz, teacher and book group member

“It is scary and exciting – I loved it.” Fred Pastor, Honeywells School, London

“He’s done better…” Iona, my daughter and No1 critic