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“Inconvenient Truths” talk by Jennifer Antill – author of Small Acts of Kindness, a tale of the first Russian Revolution

Thursday 16 February, 2023, 18:30 - 21:00

Small Acts of Kindness, is a novel set against the background of a revolt that took place in Saint Petersburg in December 1825. Imperial Russia still basks in the glory of victory over Napoleon, but, in the army and elsewhere, resentment is growing. Entangled in conspiracy, can Vasily escape the Tsar’s vengeance, restore his lost love, and learn to live a different life?

The underlying theme of the book, the struggle against autocracy and the freedom of millions of serfs from bondage, has direct relevance to the situation in Russia and Ukraine today.

In her talk ‘Inconvenient Truths’ Jenny Antill describes the challenges and pleasures of creating her recently published historical novel, ‘Small Acts of Kindness, a tale of the first Russian Revolution’. She briefly outlines the historical background to the revolt of December 1825, and, through a wide range of illustrations, shows how contemporary artworks and memoirs inspired the book’s plot and informed its vivid sense of place.  She also discusses how, as an writer of fiction, she dealt with the problems encountered when the facts got in the way of the story. The talk will be followed by a wine reception.

Small Acts of Kindness was published by Unicorn Publishing under their Universe imprint in November 2022 and is available online and in all good bookshops.

WHEN: 16 February 2023, 18:30 (GMT)

WHERE: Vivien Stewart Room, Murray Edwards College, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF

TICKETS: Free to CamRuSS members, £6 to non-members (£5 ticket + £1 AllEvents booking fee). Tickets include free drinks. Please follow this link to book your free and paid tickets.

We welcome donations to support work of CamRuSS. You may donate via bank transfer (BACS) to The Cambridge Russian-Speaking Society, NatWest Bank: Sort Code 60-11-30, Account 25395637 or via PayPal.


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Vivien Stewart Room
Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge, Huntingdon Road
Cambridge, CB3 0DF United Kingdom
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