The House of Special Purpose

Eighty year old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past – a past of death, suffering and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with…

“Boyne exercises total control over pace and revelation. A work that chimes perfectly with our times”

-The Irish Times

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The House of Special Purpose

The House of Special PurposeShortlisted for the German Leserpreis for Novel of the Year 2010

Eighty year old Georgy Jachmenev is haunted by his past – a past of death, suffering and scandal that will stay with him until the end of his days. Living in England with his beloved wife Zoya, Georgy prepares to make one final journey back to the Russia he once knew and loved, the Russia that both destroyed and defined him.

As Georgy remembers days gone by, we are transported to St Petersburg in the early 20th century, to the Winter Palace of the Tsar. A time of change, threat and bloody revolution.

And as Georgy overturns the most painful stone of all, we uncover the story of the house of special purpose.

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  • Ireland: Doubleday
  • Australia/NZ: Random House
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