metro - alexander kaletskiThis was one of a stack of books I packed, outrageously optimistically, for our trip to Moscow last week. In the end, of course, we barely had any time to read, so it wasn’t actually until the flight home that I got started on it. But once I started, I hardly stopped. It’s a great read: light and depressing and weird and funny all at once. I’d been a bit bemused by Moscow, but it made me look at the city – and Russia as a whole – more fondly, and with even more curiosity.

Set in 1960s Moscow.

Recommended by @lewisalloyd.

Buy the book here.