The Ballroom (Paperback)
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The Ballroom (Paperback)

Paperback 352 Pages / Published: 01/09/2016
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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

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552779470
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 241 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 21 mm

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 * *

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“Love and madness”

I was a huge fan of Anna Hope’s debut Wake, and so was thrilled to receive an early copy of her second novel, The Ballroom. Once again, this author’s skill for weaving multiple perspectives into a taut and... More

Hardback edition
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“Beautifully Written Historical Fiction”

It is 1911, on the edge of the Yorkshire moors stands the Sharston asylum and within its high walls there lies an elegant ballroom.

Anna Hope brings us The Ballroom, an absorbing, emotional and memorable love story.... More

Hardback edition
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“Bleak and beautiful”

Anna Hope’s first novel, Wake, was one of the very many published in 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. I read a few of them, and a couple of the classics of the genre, but I have to... More

Hardback edition
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