Inspired by a painting of Isaak Levitan, writer Jeremy Poolman set out on a journey from Moscow into the heart of Siberia following the Vladimirka Highway to the gulags.  He was on Excess Baggage this morning talking of his fear of setting out on such a trip, coupled with his drive to tell a story.  An interesting interview here.  The Road of Bones: A Journey to the Dark Heart of Russia out 3 February.