Listing Detail Tabs

Please allow 4-7 working days for delivery
This item is shipped from our NZ warehouse

Russian at Heart: Sonechka's Story
by Olga Hawkes

ISBN: 9780958292337
PUBLISHER: Wily Publications
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 256
DIMENSIONS: 234mmX153mm

In freezing mid-winter Moscow, 1924, Sonechka Balk queues to view Lenin's body. She is not there to pay homage, but to see the man whose revolution has stolen her youth. The revolution left the orphaned Sonechka destitute and destroyed her idyllic life in the Crimea. Forced to work for Lenin's secret police she experienced the full horror of the revolution. In June 1924, 19-year-old Sonechka fled Moscow alone on the trans-Siberian Express. She hoped to reach Shanghai and then join her brother in America. Because of new American immigration laws this was not possible. She became one of the thirty thousand White Russian exiles in Shanghai, shunned by the rest of the world. In 1929, Sonechka met and married the love of her life, Vladimir Rossi, a multi-lingual St Petersburg ex-Imperial Guards officer. Wounded in the Civil War, Vladimir was evacuated to Constantinople. After numerous adventures he arrived in Shanghai where he worked for the authorities of the French Concession. During the Japanese occupation Sonechka's remarkable resourcefulness enabled the family to survive. Life was especially difficult for the newborn Olga. In October 1948, the widowed Sonechka fled Shanghai to the USA, with her two daughters. Her dream of reaching America is finally fulfilled. This book is co-authored by Olga and John Hawkes from the incredible legacy of memoirs and stories left to Olga by her mother Sonechka. Olga and John have brought the neglec

- Orders after Monday 12th cannot be guaranteed for Christmas
- Dispatch warehouse is closed from 12pm 23rd Dec - Friday 6th Jan
- If using business address pls use PO Box as do not use courier
There were no answered questions or comments placed on this listing.
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
You must log in to ask or answer questions posted. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms licence #
Firearms licence holder name
First name is required
Last name is required
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • Free shipping within New Zealand  
  • Store does not allow pick-ups
  • Store location: Hamilton, Waikato, NZ

Payment options

  • Other options
    NZ bank deposit

Pay Now includes:

Buyer Protection This item is eligible for buyer protection Learn More