The Ballroom
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The Ballroom

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A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AUTUMN 2016 'Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I've ever read' DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tea-Planter's Wife 'Compelling, elegant and insightful' Observer 'Beautifully wrought, tender, heartbreaking' Sunday Express 5/5 'Moving, fascinating' Times 'A tender and absorbing love story' Daily Mail 'Unsentimental and affecting' Sunday Times 'Exquisitely good' Metro 1911: Inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors, where men and women are kept apart by high walls and barred windows, there is a ballroom vast and beautiful. For one bright evening every week they come together and dance. When John and Ella meet It is a dance that will change two lives forever. Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, the end of the Edwardian era, THE BALLROOM is a historical love story. It tells a page-turning tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 22mm | 241g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552779474
  • 9780552779470
  • 26,062

About Anna Hope

ANNA HOPE was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. THE BALLROOM is inspired by the true story of her great-great-grand-father. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel WAKE. Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Hopeshow more

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"Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I've ever read" * Dinah Jefferies, author of THE TEA-PLANTER'S WIFE * "A British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Moving. Fascinating" * Times * "An unsentimental and affecting story" * Sunday Times * "Compelling, elegant and insightful." * Observer * "In this deeply moving book, Hope reminds us that behind everyone's facade lies something waiting to be rent free" * Irish Times * "An original, brilliant, evocative novel" * Chris Cleave * "A heartbreaking story of how love can flourish in the darkest of times" * Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller * "Part social commentary, part mystery and part dangerous liaison, this poignant story casts an unflinching gaze at the historic treatment of mental health disorders." * Financial Times * "Such a magnificent setting definitely demands a story that delivers, all guns blazing. It does, and then some . . . Fiction at it's finest." * Irish Independent * "Beautiful" * Stylist * "An exquisite love story" * Good Housekeeping * "A terrifying, moving and uplifting story" -- February Hot Read * Woman and Home * "A poignant against-the-odds love story" * Glamour * "Tender . . . Hope is the emotion that unspools the delicate connections between these brilliantly drawn characters" * Psychologies Magazine * "The Ballroom is a beautifully wrought novel, a tender, heartbreaking and insightful exploration of the longings that survive in the most inhospitable environments." * Sunday Express 5/5 stars * "Magnificent...a luminary of historical fiction...writing history from the margins, the personal stories behind the era, she delivers profound, poignant stories that stir the emotions." * Press Association * "All the intensity and lyricism of Hope's debut, Wake" * Daily Mail * "The Ballroom confirms her as a novelist of immense power...Exquisitely good. Sensitive, engrossing and highly recommended" * Metro * "The Ballroom is a beautiful, gripping, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking book. I was so enthralled, I read it in an evening, unwilling to put it down." * thewritesofwoman.wordpress.com * "An atmospheric and thought provoking love story" * bookslifeandeverything.blogspot.co.uk *show more

Review Text

"Such a magnificent setting definitely demands a story that delivers, all guns blazing. It does, and then some . . . Fiction at it’s finest."show more

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2,857 ratings
3.85 out of 5 stars
5 27% (771)
4 42% (1,194)
3 23% (668)
2 6% (165)
1 2% (59)
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