Blood Red Snow White Marcus Sedgwick Published by Orion ISBN 978 1 84255 184 4 English author Arthur Ransome (1884 - 1967) once worked as a newspaper reporter in Russia, covering the troubled times of the 1917 Revolution for the Daily News back in England. It was a dangerous job. Ransome got close to the leaders of the revolution and even supplied information to the British Secret Service about what was going on in Russia. He was at the heart of things, and even his second wife worked as a secretary for Leon Trotsky, one of the Russian Revolution's leaders. In Blood Red Snow White, Marcus Sedgwick has cleverly fleshed out Ransome's time in Russia into an unusual and stylish novel for young adults. Sedgwick is an inventive writer who likes a challenge and his latest novel is quite unlike anything he - or anyone else - has done before. Set during the Russian Revolution, Blood Red Snow White is the story of a foreigner caught up in turbulent events. The fact that the foreigner was a real person adds to the power of Sedgwick's tale. Blood Red Snow White is a fairytale, a romance, a historical narrative and a fictionalised account of an outsider's adventures in real life, historically momentous events. Blood Red Snow White shows a master storyteller at the top of his game.