<h2>The extraordinary story of Frederick Bruce Thomas, the son of former slaves who fled America to build a life in Tsarist Russia. </h2><p>'A fascinating tale' <b>Anne Applebaum</b> <br />
'Thoroughly enjoyable' <b><i>Spectator</i></b> <br />
'Extraordinary and gripping' <b>Adam Hochschild</b></p><p>After the brutal death of his father when he was a teenager, Frederick Thomas fled the stifling racism of the American South and headed for New York City, where he worked as a valet and trained as a singer. Through charisma and cunning, Thomas emigrated to Europe, where his acquired skills as a multilingual maitre d'hôtel allowed him to travel from London to Monte Carlo before settling in Moscow in the glorious days before the 1917 Revolution. There Thomas became a rich and respected nightclub impresario, opening a lavish nightclub called Maxim.</p><p>With evocative backdrops in Moscow and later in Odessa and Constantinople, where Thomas rebuilt his life after the revolution, <i>The Black Russian</i> is an inspiring story of personal reinvention set in one of history's richest periods.</p>
<p>The story of Frederick Thomas, a black man born to former slaves in Mississippi who became a rich and successful nightclub owner in two European capitals.</p>
'A fascinating tale of culture clash and historical change'
'Like Thomas's midnight cabarets, it provides a thoroughly enjoyable display'
'Vladimir Alexandrov manages his narrative superbly'
'Enthralling... The author is to be congratulated for shining a light on this extremely interested, sometimes inspiring and sometimes tragic life'
'An extraordinary and gripping book'
'The ride of a lifetime'
'An extraordinary story interpreted with great sensitivity'
New York Review of Books
'Vaults breathlessly from set-piece to set-piece. Evocative, compelling, throughly enjoyable'
'A tale so colourful it reads more like a novel than biography. Endlessly fascinating'
<p>Narrative non-fiction with the pull of a novel.</p>
<p>Brings a lost piece of history to life.</p>
<p>Author is a distinguished scholar of Russian culture at Yale University.</p>
<p>MARKET: Giles Milton; Ben Macintyre; Adam Hochschild; Anne Applebaum.</p>