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Set in 1963, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, and the Ukraine, this initially appears to be a story about everyday life for a family who have not had an everyday existence. The author states that the background to this tale is true, and A.C. Michael immerses you in the past, in the scars of humanity, yet the addition of humour, thrills, and a corkscrewing plot ensure this is a thoroughly entertaining read. The larger than life characters hum (quite literally for one or two) with intensity and there are several surprises waiting in store. The Dancing Barber is a fiery, fascinating, and intriguing read. Step inside the pages and into another world.

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The Dancing Barber by AC Michael

The 1960s were just getting into their swing - miniskirts were all the rage, The Beatles topped the charts, and housewives were no longer chained to the kitchen sink. Freedom was in the air, and life was becoming a thing to enjoy. But between the sturdy sandstone walls of a terraced house in Yorkshire, popular music was forbidden and discipline was strictly enforced. This was no ordinary household, and it was only a matter of time before everything changed in a most unexpected way...

The Dancing Barber is a humorous thriller, set within the eccentric household of Taras, who was once Europe's finest ballet dancer. Now he is a mediocre barber by day, and a perfectionist ballet master by night. After a successful performance of Swan Lake at the local theatre, he is finally on the verge of the success that was denied him three decades earlier. The last thing he needed was for Klem to move into his attic. Klem is a former priest and a former alcoholic. And wherever Klem goes, his mischievous cat always follows, and so does a great deal of trouble in the shape of a crazy Soviet Colonel...

Taras' life is further complicated when Klem's uncouth and penniless fiancée moves in, along with her equally uncouth and penniless twin sister. The twins reluctantly divulge shocking secrets that will affect Taras' entire family forever.


The Dancing Barber has been awarded a five-star seal by readersfavorite.com

A selection of official reviewers' quotations:

“This tapestry of characters, secrets, relationships and hardships is peppered with humour that undercuts some truly terrifying moments.”

“Sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, always entertaining.”

“This book is finely crafted and the story spills onto the page in just a perfect way.”

“The plot is intense, fast-paced and, at every stage of the story, the readers' interest only gets stronger.”

“AC Michael is a good storyteller with a sharp sense of humour.”

The Dancing Barber is not to be missed!”

About the Author

AC Michael

I have always enjoyed writing stories and drawing cartoons.

When not writing, my diverse interests range from hill-walking to quantum physics.

My favourite authors are Roald Dahl and Ian Fleming.

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Publication date

23rd September 2016


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Contented Cat Publishing


470 pages


Historical Fiction
Books for the Boys
Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Family Drama
Literary Fiction

Historical fiction
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
Historical mysteries
Historical adventure



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