The Ballroom

The Ballroom

Summary

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.

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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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Reviews

  • Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I’ve ever read
    Dinah Jefferies, author of THE TEA-PLANTER'S WIFE

About the author

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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