Giles MacDonogh

A Hidden Place in a Vanished City

The Amber Room: The Untold Story of the Greatest Hoax of the Twentieth Century


Atlantic Books 386pp £17.99 order from our bookshop

THE AMBER ROOM of the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, Russia, is the Loch Ness Monster of modern art history. For the past sixty years the occasional drunk or crackpot has come forward to say he or she has seen it, only to be proved befuddled or mischievous.

Sign Up to our newsletter

Receive free articles, highlights from the archive, news, details of prizes, and much more.

Follow Literary Review on Twitter

  • Last Tweets

    • 'Neville never shed his sense of being the junior, and perhaps least-deserving Chamberlain.' From the archive, Mic… ,
    • 'The erecting and immediate destruction of a series of straw men rather detracts from what is for the most part an… ,
    • RT : A magnificent demolition job on this "acid laced tirade...unpleasantly self-obsessed...self pitying… ,
    • 'Seventy years on, the time we have left to gather such first-hand testimony is running out.' John Keay on the sig… ,
    • The author 'seethes with contemptuous indignation at the shiny junk that an unregulated construction industry dumps… ,
    • 'The physical courage he demonstrated as a young man [...] gave way to intellectual power; radical thought, gifted… ,
    • 'While Jane Austen didn’t perhaps achieve the full recognition that she deserved in her lifetime, even then she out… ,