Olga Hawkes


Russian at Heart is co-authored by Olga and John Hawkes. Aged five, Olga fled Shanghai for America in 1948 with Sonechka, her widowed mother, and sister. Olga was educated there, then went to Europe. In Paris she met and married John Hawkes, a New Zealand doctor, in 1962. For thirty years they lived in the south east of England where John was a consultant rheumatologist. They now live in Auckland, New Zealand.

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Russian at Heart
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 90,450. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Historical biography, Nonfiction » History » Russian
Born into the Crimean gentry, young Sonechka Balk is left orphaned and destitute by the Russian Revolution that destroys her idyllic life. In 1924, aged just 19, she flees to Shanghai, one of 30,000 White Russian diaspora seeking refuge from the Bolsheviks . Surviving some of the 20th century’s greatest upheavals, she finds love in war-torn Shanghai and eventually refuge for her family in America.