Andrew Miller, the bestselling author of Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops, published his new book at the beginning of February. Entitled Independence Square, it’s an exceptional political thriller, “a novel with its finger on the pulse of geopolitics” (Observer).

Simon Davey, once a senior British diplomat in Kiev, prevented a tragedy twelve years ago, and ruined his own life. One day he lost everything after a lurid scandal and returned to London. Fighting the aftermath of his disgrace, Simon is travelling on the Tube when he sees Olesya— the woman Simon blames for his fall.

They first met on an icy night during the protests on Independence Square. Olesya was full of hope and idealism and she could not know what an important role she would play in the coming dangerous times and in the fate of Simon. Or what compromises she would have to make to protect her family. Simon decides to follow Olesya and finds himself plunged back into the dramatic days which changed his life forever.

Independence Square is a story of ordinary people in unusual times. This is a story about corruption and personal and political betrayals. This is a story about where, in the twenty-first century, power really lies.

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