Anna Reid

The First Gulag

The Journals of a White Sea Wolf


Harvill Press 229pp £15.99 order from our bookshop

THE SOLOVETSKY ISLANDS lie in the White Sea, an overnight ferry-ride west of Archangel and the same distance south of the Arctic Circle. Covered in bogs, woodland and hummocky glacial hills, they are important as the site both of an ancient Orthodox monastery, and of Stalin’s first labour camp.

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