Road to Ekaterinburg

ECS Banks

Nicholas and Alexandra's Daughters 1913–1918

Olga Nicolaevna remarked upon the unusual weather conditions at sea that summer when she sent word to her Aunt Xenia shortly after. The summer of 1914 proved to be far more sultry than usual, as if lulling the inhabitants of Europe, into a false sense of security before the storms ahead. However, life carried on as normal and the family returned to their daily habit of taking walks ashore. Later that day, the Imperial family returned to Peterhof and Alexei was carried ashore – still suffering from a swollen ankle following his fall. Rasputin would not be on hand to assist the boy as he was fighting his own battle after the unsuccessful murder attempt.

This is a story that has long needed to be told – an account of the tragic lives of the last crowned Tsar of Russia’s four daughters: the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie and Anastasia.

Set in the years 1913–18, Road to Ekaterinburg recounts the real story of the Grand Duchesses through peacetime, war, revolution and their eventual murders. It shows their true characters, bravery and individual charm as human beings thrown into a situation where they had no power to fight against their own destiny.

Road to Ekaterinburg is the ultimate fight against tragedy and for freedom of expression.

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ECS Banks is an author and commentator with a real passion for the subject, and dedication to the task. ESC Banks writes for those who share a love and fascination. Through personal experience of tragedy and hardship ECS Banks has an insight into the plight of the Grand Duchesses, and hopes that through this book their story will live on.

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'I'm favorably impressed. The writing is unusual in that the author has seemingly brought together all known letters, diaries and memories when describing an event or day. A fuller than usual picture of a day is therefore created. These source materials are paraphrased and the so story is woven. I'm use to one source being used, what an author feels is the most important, not all. More dots get connected for the Romanov reader. Physically it's large book, but feels well in the hand while reading...type is good size too! Unusual today. Blissfully there is a large, well written 'who's who' in the back. I'd say it's a fine addition to one's Romanov library.'
– blessOTMA, USA (Alexander Time Machine Forum)

'Very well written with an incredible amount of information on the girls. Some very rare pictures of Livadia ... Impressed how characters brought to life. Absolutely thorough.'
– Geraldine H (Amazon review)

'Beautifully written with a real love for the subject, respectful and with a remarkable understanding of the subject. Truly a book to treasure.'
– Liesl (Amazon review)

'I really liked the book and I learned a great deal as a newcomer to the subject. I found the appendix and family trees an invaluable aid to my understanding. A worthwhile read. Five Stars.'
– Norma S

'I just finished Road to Ekaterinburg and it was very good book. It was nice to read the girls story from their experiences.'
– Stardancer (Alexander Time Machine Forum)
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Road to Ekaterinburg


ISBN 9781781320358

Published Dec 2012

234 x 156mm (532 pages)