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
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.
A heart-breaking historical tale of love and hope set at the end of the Great War.
'Hope’s unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain’s classic memoir Testament of Youth' - New York Times
Remembrance Day 1920: A wartime secret connects three women’s lives: Hettie whose wounded brother won’t speak; Evelyn who still grieves for her lost lover; and Ada, who has never received an official letter about her son’s death, and is still waiting for him to come home. As the mystery that binds them begins to unravel, far away, in the fields of France, the Unknown Soldier embarks on his journey home. The mood of the nation is turning towards the future – but can these three women ever let go of the past?
ANNA HOPE was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. She is the acclaimed author of WAKE and THE BALLROOM. EXPECTATION, her first contemporary novel, is about what it means to be female in the world today. She lives with her family in Kent. Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Hope