A Small, Stubborn Town: Life, death and defiance in Ukraine – ‘The mesmerising story of how in the face of a mighty army, ordinary people can say "No."' Mail on Sunday
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It was praised by the New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post and chosen as one of NPR's books of 2016.
This short punchy account of a few days in the now interminable invasion by Putin of Ukraine is fascinating on many levels. But the Russian had not reckoned on a motley collection of soldiers, farmers and volunteers who would inflict one of the most decisive defeats of the war (so far) on the Kremlin. When Russian troops approached the small farming town of Voznesensk, they were not expecting a battle. Svetlana, a grandmother with arthritis, reacts in fury when Russian troops turn her cottage into their blood-soaked headquarters. Meanwhile, 21-year-old Sergei grabs a Molotov cocktail and lies in wait for Russian tanks as they push towards Dead Water Bridge.Philippe Sands'We are touched by the courage and dignity of Andrew Harding's characters - qualities that the author must surely possess in equal measure. Its people are indomitable and unyielding, brave and determined, savvy and funny when the chips are down.
But also, people sinking low, pulled into the grey zone of the past Soviet and current Russian occupation.
Andrey Kurkov (Ukrainian author of “Grey Bees”): It would be wonderful if the story told in this beautiful little book were the author's invention. On the morning of Wednesday 2 March 2022, an armoured personnel carrier clattered into her yard, knocking over her favourite pear tree.