The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes (Hardback)Ruth Hogan (author)
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A brilliant new novel from Ruth Hogan, the author of acclaimed debut, The Keeper of Lost Things
The woman thrusts her hands into the pockets of her well-worn tweed coat, remembering with a smile a scarlet gown she wore in another life, many years ago. Almost the same shade as the scuffed, red shoes she is wearing now.
Masha's life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Now, unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain.
But then a chance encounter introduces her to two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opening up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, the past comes roaring back…
A book that unashamedly celebrates the small acts of everyday kindness that move and change a life. Like her bestselling debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living.
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 472 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 30 mm
'Quirky characters with plenty of heart and spirit.' - The Mail
'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes will soften even the hardest of hearts' - Red
'From the author of breakout hit, The Keeper Of Lost Things, this is a book to really love. Exploring the aftermath of grief and the ways people carry on (with humour, with solace, with lidos ...) Hogan writes welcoming prose that makes reading a joy' -Stylist
'Thorny issues are explored with a sensitive humour that takes nothing away from what people are feeling' - BookBag
'Gloriously gorgeous in every way . . . Ruth Hogan has the very special ability to look beyond the veil of unremarkable to find a sometimes painful, yet beautifully quirky existence . . . The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is a must-read, and I enjoyed every single second of it' - Lovereading
'One of the stars of "up lit" - a literary trend with friendship and small acts of kindness at its core' - Radio Times
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Ruth Hogan's first novel " The Keeper of Lost Things " was a major bestseller, she won our hearts with her wonderful story.
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“Worth reading ”
A wonderful writer, with a delightful turn of phrase and quirky characters. This is a beautiful story with amazing insight and depth.
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“Filled with wonderful wisdom and joy for life. ”
A heartfelt and moving novel about loss, grief and learning to let go and live again. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel 'The Keeper of Lost Things' and this was every bit as original and... More
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