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Out today! Sell Us the Rope

Happy publication day to The Bookseller, The Booksellers Association and Hatchards book of the month, Sell Us the Rope!

Stephen May's new historical novel follows Stalin's 1907 visit to London. As he builds his powerbase in the party, Stalin manipulates alliances with Lenin, Trotsky, Rosa Luxemburg, and fiery Finnish activist Elli Vuokko, all under the eyes of the Czar’s secret police.

Pick up a copy from your favourite local bookshop, and join us for this evening's online launch: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/boo...


‘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

‘A seething, febrile world of plots, schisms and revolution.’ Daily Mail

‘Brilliant... A completely immersive historical novel that crackles with energy and revolutionary fervour.’ Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

‘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


Stephen May

Stephen May