The Ballroom

The Ballroom

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A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AUTUMN 2016. "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). "Compelling and masterful". (Press Association). 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 tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 142 x 220 x 31mm | 488g
  • Doubleday
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9780857521965
  • 373,560

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"A heartbreaking story of how love can flourish in the darkest of times"
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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." "An atmospheric and thought provoking love story" "An absorbing read from beginning to end ... I'm already excited to see what Anna Hope does next." "This novel is at once romantic, thought-provoking and extremely poignant, with a rich narrative and an ending that moved me to tears" "Gripping final chapters ramp up the suspense towards a hearth-wrenching conclusion ...explores the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight." New York Times
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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_Hope
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6,030 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 25% (1,480)
4 41% (2,468)
3 26% (1,579)
2 6% (379)
1 2% (124)
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