679. Gill's Book Club: A Gentleman In Moscow
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679. Gill's Book Club: A Gentleman In Moscow

Talking to my mum about her latest book recommendation. A Gentleman In Moscow is about a Russian Count who is put under house arrest in 1922 in the beautiful Metropol Hotel in Moscow. 

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