Hutchinson has acquired a new book from historian Helen Rappaport, The Race to Save the Romanovs.
Senior editor Sarah Rigby secured UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in print, e-book and audio from Caroline Michel at PFD for an undisclosed sum.
The book looks back to the events of 18th July 1918, when the whole Russian Imperial Family was murdered at Ekaterinburg. With the 100-year-anniversary of the murders on the horizon, Rappaport tackles the remaining "burning question" - why exactly did the Romanovs’ European royal relatives and the Allied governments, as well as monarchists within Russia, all fail to get Russia’s last Imperial Family out to safety?
According to Hutchinson,The Race to Save the Romanovs is "an incredible detective story" that will piece together and reconstruct the complex behind-the-scenes royal, diplomatic and unofficial efforts to secure a sanctuary for the Romanovs. In the process it will reveal "bitter family rivalries, secret plans, a chain of blame and recrimination and devastating betrayals".
Rigby said: "The murder of the Romanovs continues to exert a dark fascination with so many unknowns and half-truths abounding. With a decade of Romanov research behind her and access to private and obscure sources around the world, Helen Rappaport is the only person who could write this book. The Race to Save the Romanovs will be narrative history at its very best, bringing its readers to the heart of a search for the truth."
Rappaport said: "It had not been my intention to write any more Romanov books but I just cannot let go of this one final puzzle. I am determined to try and unravel what really happened behind the scenes during those critical months from March 1917 to July 1918. It is a story I feel absolutely compelled to write."
Hutchinson will publish in hardback and ebook on 28th June 2018.