Lady Death (Hardback)
The Memoirs of Stalin's Sniper
In the press
As featured in the Mail On Sunday, March 2018: 'Stalin's angel of death; Memoir of the world's most successful female sniper who killed over 300 reveals how she formed an unlikely friendship with America's First Lady'
As feautred in The Bookseller, November 2017
The wartime memoir of Lyudmila Pavlichenko is a remarkable document: the publication of an English language edition is a significant coup. Pavlichenko was World War II's best scoring sniper and had a varied wartime career that included trips to England and America.
In June 1941, when Hitler launched Operation Barbarossa, she left her university studies, ignored the offer of a position as a nurse, to become one of Soviet Russia's 2000 female snipers.
Less than a year later she had 309 recorded kills, including 29 enemy sniper kills. She was withdrawn from active duty after being injured. She was also regarded as a key heroic figure for the war effort.
She spoke at rallies in Canada and the US and the folk singer Woody Guthrie wrote a song, 'Killed By A Gun' about her exploits. Her US trip included a tour of the White House with FDR. In November 1942 she visited Coventry and accepted donations of £4,516 from Coventry workers to pay for three X-ray units for the Red Army. She also visited a Birmingham factory as part of her fundraising tour.
She never returned to combat but trained other snipers. After the war, she finished her education at Kiev University and began a career as a historian. She died on October 10, 1974 at age 58, and was buried in Moscow's Novodevichy Cemetery.
As featured inMail on Sunday 18/3/18
★★★★ I warmly recommend this book to fans of history.GoodReads, Anastasia
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★★★★★ ...very well written. I would have to say this is one of the top five books I've read in my fifty years of life. This book is a masterpiece of literature. To such a life the literary quality should be exceptional and it is. This is a book you want to read over and over.Willy Marz Thiessam, GoodReads
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As featured in part of 'The Women Behind the Gun: Soviet snipers' article.The Armourer, February 2018
As featured inThe Bookseller 10/11/17