The Ballroom

The Ballroom

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The unputdownable historical novel by the acclaimed and bestselling author of WAKE and EXPECTATION: a devastating story of love and madness at the brink of the Great War.

'Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I've ever read' DINAH JEFFERIES, author of The Tea-Planter's Wife

'Compelling, elegant, insightful' OBSERVER

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 tells a rivetting tale of dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which. It is a love story like no other.


Praise for Anna Hope's The Ballroom:

'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

'Absolutely fantastic . . . I'm in real awe of her writing' ELIZABETH MACNEAL, author of The Doll Factory
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 127 x 198 x 22mm | 241g
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552779474
  • 9780552779470
  • 79,732

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Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read
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An atmospheric and thought provoking love story * * 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. * * The Ballroom confirms her as a novelist of immense power...Exquisitely good. Sensitive, engrossing and highly recommended * Metro * All the intensity and lyricism of Hope's debut, Wake * Daily Mail * 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 * 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 * Tender . . . Hope is the emotion that unspools the delicate connections between these brilliantly drawn characters * Psychologies Magazine * A poignant against-the-odds love story * Glamour * A terrifying, moving and uplifting story -- February Hot Read * Woman and Home * An exquisite love story * Good Housekeeping * Beautiful * Stylist * 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 * 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 * A heartbreaking story of how love can flourish in the darkest of times * Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Bookseller * An original, brilliant, evocative novel * Chris Cleave * In this deeply moving book, Hope reminds us that behind everyone's facade lies something waiting to be rent free * Irish Times * Compelling, elegant and insightful. * Observer * An unsentimental and affecting story * Sunday Times * A British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Moving. Fascinating * Times * Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I've ever read * Dinah Jefferies, author of THE TEA-PLANTER'S WIFE *
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About Anna Hope

ANNA HOPE studied at Oxford University and RADA. She is the internationally prizewinning and bestselling author of Wake and The Ballroom. Her contemporary fiction debut, Expectation, explores themes of love, lust, motherhood, and feminism, while asking the greater question of what defines a generation. She lives in Sussex with her husband and young daughter.
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4,931 ratings
3.79 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,220)
4 41% (2,032)
3 25% (1,255)
2 6% (316)
1 2% (108)
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