Helen Rappaport is a historian with a specialism in late Imperial Russia and the Victorians. She is the author of thirteen published books, including the Sunday Times bestseller Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses; Ekaterinburg: The Last Days of the Romanovs and Caught in the Revolution: Petrograd, 1917. Helen is also historical consultant to the ITV drama series, Victoria and her books about the Victorians include Magnificent Obsession: Victoria, Albert and the Death that Changed the Monarchy.
Gripping... Rappaport has uncovered many missing pieces in the story, from the diplomatic wrangling over the tsar's fate to a number of hare-brained rescue schemes hatched by monarchist sympathisers. * The Times * Highly entertaining... Rappaport introduces us to a colourful array of con men, charlatans and fantasists involved in ideas to free the Romanovs... She is a vivid storyteller -- Victor Sebestyen * Sunday Times * A groundbreaking book... [which] prove[s] that, even as the centenary of their deaths by firing squad at Ekaterinburg approaches... there remain fresh angles and, crucially, unused evidence pertaining to the Romanovs. * The Daily Telegraph * What I always love about Helen Rappaport's books is that they appeal to the heart as well as the head. She's a writer of great compassion. -- LUCY WORSLEY I read The Race to Save the Romanovs in more or less in a single sitting. It's absolutely marvellous - packed with details, beautifully paced and told me lots of things I didn't know. -- PETER FRANKOPAN