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  • Published: 13 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571020
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

Independence Square

A complex, exceptionally well-written contemporary political thriller from the bestselling author of Snowdrops

Simon Davey ruined his life ten years ago. He used to be a senior diplomat in the Ukraine but was sacked after a career-ending scandal. He’s working as a taxi driver in London when he spots Olesya Zarchenko on the Tube in London. He believes Olesya is responsible for what happened to him so he starts to follow her.

In 2004, Oleysa scrambles up the icy hill above Independence Square in Kiev, desperate to avert the bloody crackdown that threatens the protesters below. The outcome of a revolution, and her brother’s safety, depend on her; though neither of them realise it, so too does the fate of the man she is frantic to see.

INDEPENDENCE SQUARE is the story of ordinary people caught up in the grand upheavals of political change. It is a story about personal and political betrayals. It is a story about money and corruption, and where, in the 21st century, power really lies.

  • Published: 13 February 2020
  • ISBN: 9781473571020
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the author

A. D. Miller

A.D. Miller is the author of Snowdrops, The Earl of Petticoat Lane and The Faithful Couple. Snowdrops was a bestseller and was shortlisted for many prizes including the Man Booker and the CWA Gold Dagger. It was translated into 25 languages. As Moscow Correspondent of The Economist A.D. Miller has travelled across the former Soviet Union and covered the Orange Revolution in Ukraine; he is now the magazine’s Culture Editor based in London.


Praise for Independence Square

Utterly gripping, a novel with its finger on the pulse of geopolitics that still manages to move deeply.

Observer, *Books to Look Our For in 2020*

At its best, Independence Square made me think of a 21st-century Graham Greene novel, an absorbing thriller informed by emotional intelligence and a deep understanding of geopolitics.

Marcel Theroux, Guardian

Miller’s gripping novel, about truth, lies and power is a searing indictment of our times...a book about dirty money and the manipulation of politics, about a world where anything is possible and where even a war can be ‘hallucinated into reality’. And it is about power... This, then, is a story not about a revolution in Eastern Europe but about the way we live now.


A tremendous novel - taut, compelling, reeking of authenticity. A.D. Miller writes with exemplary precision and sophistication. Independence Square is an unsparing examination of human beings caught up and destroyed by historical forces they can barely comprehend.

William Boyd

Miller writes terse, memorable prose with well sketched characters...the historic action has the tone of a spy thriller and the 2017 part is filled with tense personal drama.

Times Literary Supplement

A captivating study of corruption, betrayal and the abuse of power...intricately structured and thick with intrigue and suspense...Only at the end, after piecing together each segment of the story, does the reader get the full devastating picture...a vivid and highly charged tale of misplaced trust and tarnished dreams.


A.D. Miller recreates the heady days of the Orange Revolution in evocative detail. As Davey gradually unpicks his past, unexpected shifts in perspective add depth and tension.

The Times

Miller conveys a rich understanding of the calculus of protest. Beneath the simplistic summaries on the mainstream news, Miller spins the chaotic exuberance of the scene. The novel’s greater tragedy extends out to the world Davey once thought he could guide toward nobility and fairness.

Ron Charles, The Washington Post

A. D. Miller has woven an intriguing, evocative tale of betrayal, revolution and heartbreak. In subtle, sinuous prose, he shows us a man haunted by a fateful mistake - and shows us how even the most noble political moments turn on dark secrets and human frailties. After his magnificent debut, Snowdrops, expectations were high for Miller: with Independence Square he delivers handsomely.

Jonathan Freedland

A contemporary thriller about the workings of 21st-century power from the author of the Booker-shortlisted Snowdrops


The novel’s motor is the reader’s hunger to find out how Davey’s life, once so gilded, could crash so badly. [A] fine new novel…[Miller’s] story lingers long after the last page

Financial Times

Miller conjures up characters who say much more than the words they use. This is a skilled, moving and saddening account of the waste of human potential and the brutality that often comes with the acquisition and retention of colossal amounts of money.

Literary Review

I loved this beautiful novel. It's a supremely timely story of deeply-rooted corruption, but also of idealism and longing for freedom. I found it very powerful and profoundly moving

Elif Shafak

Miller is the real deal

Mail on Sunday

An intriguing situation... Miller develops it with verve and elegance. Whether he is capturing the churning crowds in Kiev or the sleepier rhythms of London in August, he always has interesting insights to offer.

Mail on Sunday

Spellbinding. A. D. Miller demonstrates a unique ability to recreate historical events so vividly you'd swear you'd witnessed them in person. A mesmerising thriller.

D. B. John

A thrilling new talent

Daily Express

Miller transports readers to the Orange Revolution. Readers will find much to savor in the complex machinations Miller expertly creates.


A taut tale berthed in real history


A swift-moving, engaging new novel

Jewish Chronicle

Independence Square…feels like an authentic guide to how the world works

Reader's Digest

A fine education in the details of an uprising which caused a ripple effect across eastern Europe that is still being felt today

UK Press Syndication

A tightly focused, cat-and-mouse story about idealism, hubris and the relative nature of geopolitical truth

Claire Allfree, Metro

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