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Sell Us the Rope

Stephen May

Sell Us the Rope by Stephen May

May 1907. Young Stalin – poet, bank-robber, spy – is in London for the 5th Congress of the Russian Communist Party. As he builds his powerbase in the party, Stalin manipulates alliances with Lenin, Trotsky, and Rosa Luxemburg under the eyes of the Czar’s secret police. Meanwhile he is drawn to the fiery Finnish activist Elli Vuokko and risks everything in a relationship as complicated as it is dangerous.

RRP: £8.99
Format: Paperback
Publication Date: 24/03/2022

Stephen May
Stephen May is the author of five novels including Life! Death! Prizes! which was shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award and The Guardian Not The Booker Prize. He has also...


‘Original, adept and confident... What can I say, except that I wish I had written it myself?’

Hilary Mantel

‘A fascinating and immersive imagining of real events that both challenges and illuminates history.’

Benjamin Myers

‘Electrically-imagined, immersive and compulsively readable, Sell Us the Rope hums with the visceral energy of revolutionary fervour.’

Liz Jensen

‘Boldly conceived, precisely imagined, beautifully written.’

Michael Stewart

‘Stephen May’s writing is convincing and engaging in this brilliant tale of revolutionary shenanigans in London.’

Suzanne Joinson

‘Brilliant and original — part historical novel, part romantic comedy, and part bildungsroman about a tyrant-in-waiting.’

Marcel Theroux

‘Beautifully written, compelling and insightful, brimming with captivating characters and twisty intrigues. This book really got under my skin.’

Katherine Clements

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Sandstone Press signs new novel by Costa shortlisted author Stephen May

Sandstone Press has acquired the world rights to Costa Novel Award shortlisted author Stephen May’s latest novel, Sell Us The Rope. May 1907 and a young Stalin is in London...