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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
7 THE HOUSE OF SPECIAL PURPOSE JOHN BOYNE Born the son of a Russian peasant, Georgy Jamenchev's life is transformed when, at 16 years of age, he steps in front of a bullet aimed for a senior member of the Russian Royal Family. Declared a hero, Georgy is appointed as a bodyguard to Tsar Nicholas' son and he becomes a witness to the dramatic events that are to follow. Many years later, as 80 year old Georgy visits Zoya, his dying wife in a London hospital, he is haunted by memories of a tumultuous past, his marriage and 'the house of special purpose'. This is an exciting and fast-paced story, set in times of great change and upheaval. 'born the son of a Russian peasant, Georgy Jamenchev's life is transformed, when at 16 years of age, he steps in front of a bullet aimed for a senior member of the Russian Royal Family'