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Frances Welch is the author of Rasputin: A Short Life (2014), The Russian Court at Sea (2011), A Romanov Fantasy (2008) and The Romanovs & Mr Gibbes (2004), all published by Short Books. Frances Welch has written for the Sunday Telegraph, Granta, The Spectator and the Financial Times. She lives in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, with her husband, Craig Brown. They have two children.


"With her quick wit and light touch, Welch conducts a relentless inquiry into conscience, family loyalty and the nature of the past... an unsettling portrait of moustaches, murder, and lese-majeste.' Frances Wilson, The Spectator "In this funny, touching and ultimately tragic book, Welch brilliantly exposes how the British family courted and then abandoned their royal cousins in the run-up to World War I." Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday "A fascinating book... Welch is an excellent writer." The Daily Telegraph "Delightfully witty and entertaining." The Times Literary Supplement "Excellent history... Intrigue aplenty." The Times "Deeply affecting." Daily Mail

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