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The Eighth Life is one of the most remarkable novels Scribe has ever acquired. I’m sure you didn’t know you were waiting for the Great Georgian Novel, especially when it comprises 944 pages, but we think you won’t be able to resist its charms.’
—Henry Rosenbloom, Founder & Publisher, Scribe


About the book

At the start of the 20th century, on the edge of the Russian Empire, a family prospers. It owes its success to a delicious chocolate recipe, passed down the generations with great solemnity and caution. A caution which is justified: this is a recipe for ecstasy that carries a very bitter aftertaste … 

Stasia learns it from her Georgian father and takes it north, following her new husband, Simon, to his posting at the centre of the Russian Revolution in St Petersburg. Stasia’s is only the first in a symphony of grand but all too often doomed romances that swirl from sweet to sour in this epic tale of the red century.

Tumbling down the years, and across vast expanses of longing and loss, generation after generation of this compelling family hears echoes and sees reflections. Great characters and greater relationships come and go and come again; the world shakes, and shakes some more, and the reader rejoices to have found at last one of those glorious old books in which you can live and learn, be lost and found, and make indelible new friends.


Sample chapter

Read an extract of The Eighth Life here.


About the author

Nino Haratischvili was born in Georgia in 1983, and is an award-winning novelist, playwright, and theatre director. At home in two different worlds, each with their own language, she has been writing in both German and Georgian since the age of twelve. In 2010, her debut novel Juja was nominated for the German Book Prize, as was her most recent Die Katze und der General in 2018. In its German edition, The Eighth Life was a bestseller, and won the Anna Seghers Prize, the Lessing Prize Stipend, and the Bertolt Brecht Prize 2018. It is being translated into many languages, and has already been a major bestseller on publication in Holland, Poland, and Georgia.


Publicity and marketing campaign

  • Over one million readers worldwide
  • Over 200,000 copies sold in Germany
  • First time published in English
  • Scribe’s most important fiction discovery since Shantaram
  • Major advertising and marketing campaign across industry and mainstream media as well as a strong social media campaign
  • Feature interviews in major newspapers and blanket review coverage, and radio interviews
  • Author tour early 2020

Meet Stasia


POS pack available

Please place your orders with UBD or email Sarina at
ISBN: 9333290055629


Reading copy giveaway

For your chance to receive one of 20 advance copies of The Eighth Life email with ‘The Eighth Life ARC’ in the subject line. The first 20 people to respond will win a copy.




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