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All The World's A Stage

Erast Fandorin 11

By Boris Akunin
Read by Jonathan Coote

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Erast Fandorin - 'a popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond [THE TIMES]' - returns in the penultimate instalment of the hugely popular historical mystery series, which began with the 100,000-copy-selling THE WINTER QUEEN.

Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine is the toast of Moscow society, a beautiful actress in an infamous theatre troupe.

Her love life is as colourful as the parts she plays. She is the estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan. And her ex-husband has threatened to kill anyone who courts her.

He appears to be making good on his promise.

Fandorin is contacted by concerned friend - the widowed wife of Chekhov - who asks him to investigate an alarming incident involving Eliza. But when he watches Eliza on stage for the first time, he falls desperately in love . . . Can he solve the case - and win over Eliza - without attracting the attentions of the murderer he is trying to find?

Read by Jonathan Coote
(p) Orion Publishing Group 2017

Biographical Notes

BORIS AKUNIN is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili.
He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over forty million copies around the world.
He lives in London.

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  • ISBN: 9781409167563
  • Publication date: 05 Oct 2017
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  • Imprint: Orion
As always, Akunin manages to pull off a witty pastiche that is as involving and engaging as any straight crime novel. — S Magazine, Sunday Express
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Black City

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Authors:
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The Shadow of the Wind

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Authors:
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Authors:
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Authors:
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Bernhard Schlink
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
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Boris Akunin
Authors:
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Boris Akunin
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Turkish Gambit

Boris Akunin
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Murder on the Leviathan

Boris Akunin
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The Death of Achilles

Boris Akunin
Authors:
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The Coronation

Boris Akunin
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Pelagia And The Black Monk

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Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.Her previous books include MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, KING CHARLES II, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMAN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND which won the Wolfson History Prize, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY, PERILOUS QUESTION; THE DRAMA OF THE GREAT REFORM BILL 1832 and THE KING AND THE CATHOLICS: THE FIGHT FOR RIGHTS 1829. MUST YOU GO?,a memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and MY HISTORY; A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP in 2015. She lives in London.Visit Antonia Fraser's website at www.antoniafraser.com