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The Ballroom

by Anna Hope

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LoveReading View on The Ballroom

A striking, eloquent and desperately beautiful novel, set during 1911 in a Yorkshire asylum. John, Ella and Charles find themselves at the edge of an impossible future, each decision they make, sets connecting wheels in motion. This is a fictional story, with fictional main characters, however it is firmly based in fact. On reading the Author’s Note at the end, I understood why the emotional connection the writing gave to these characters, was so intense. Anna Hope writes with a powerful pen, one moment whispering, flickering emotions dart across the page, in the next a ferocious roar almost overwhelms, and I savoured every word. I literally couldn't put ‘The Ballroom’ down, I felt the unimaginable fear and mayhem, suffered every moment of confusion, and willed love and friendship to flight. While a profound darkness shadows the story, I found myself with a heart full of aching hope. This is a captivating, penetrating and thought-provoking read that I highly recommend. ~ Liz Robinson

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A 'Piece of Passion' from the publisher...

'The Ballroom took my breath away when I first read it and still does now, when I revisit it. For the sheer power and musicality of its language; the striking relevance of its themes of love and madness and social mobility; the radiance of its personalities, all of them so indelibly drawn that they live and breathe in your mind.


Anna really understands character, not only as agents for a riveting story, but also as spectres of the human condition. John, Ella, Charles – all of their narratives feel so immediately urgent as you turn the page, but they also have a greater resonance, something lasting and elemental. When reading The Ballroom, I feel the spark of Thomas Hardy, D H Lawrence, even Cyrano de Bergerac, and I know that I’m reading the early work of a truly iconic writer.' ~ Jane Lawson, Editor, Doubleday

Liz Robinson

The Ballroom Synopsis

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 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 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.

The Ballroom Press Reviews

'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

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9780552779470
Publication date: 01/09/2016
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780857521965
Publication date: 11/02/2016
Publisher: Doubleday an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780552779470
Publication date: 1st September 2016
Author: Anna Hope
Publisher: Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction, First World War fiction,

About Anna Hope

Anna Hope was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. She is the author of the acclaimed debut Wake. The Ballroom is her second novel, and is inspired by the true story of her great grand-father. Author photo © Jonathan Greet, 2014   Below is a Q & A with this author   Your author’s note states that The Ballroom was inspired by your great-great-grandfather. Would you tell us a little about how you came to know of his story? I was doing some digging into my family history and came across the census of 1911, where ...

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