Biograpical · History · Non-Fiction

Rasputin: A Short Life by Frances Welch

What is it about?

Rasputin: A Short Life is exactly what it says on the tin – a short book about the too-strange-to-be-fiction life of Rasputin, healer and friend to the last Russian royal family.


Is it any good?

This is a non-fiction book that reads like a work of fiction. Welch describes events as though she were there, from Rasputin’s first healing of the haemophiliac tsarevich to his own gory murder. It helps the book that the subject matter is fascinating without any kind of dressing up, regardless of the reader’s interest in or knowledge of tsarist Russia. You will find yourself enchanted by this bizarre world, and asking the impossible question that Tsar Nicholas himself probably did; was this man a god-gifted healer?


Rating: 7/10

How long did it take to read: four days

For fans of: Anastasia, Russian history, fantasy, stories too strange not to believe

This book tastes like: vegetable tagine


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