London during the Blitz was a time of hardship, heroism and hope.
For Gillian Lynne – a budding ballerina – it was also a time of great change as she was evacuated from war-torn London to a crumbling mansion, where dance classes took place in the faded ballroom.
Life was hard, but her talent and dedication shone through and an astonishing journey ensued, which saw Gillian dancing a triumphant debut in Swan Lake, performing in the West End with doodlebugs falling and touring a devastated Europe entertaining the troops.
A Dancer in Wartime paints a vivid and moving picture of what life was really like during the hard years of the Blitz and brings to life a lost world.
Gillian's journey through dance is a story of passion and devotion that should be read by everyone, not just dance lovers
A beautiful tale of heartbreak, talent, determination and star quality
Wonderfully nostalgic and magical
A charming and affecting memoir
An extraordinary tale