A RICHARD AND JUDY BOOK CLUB PICK AUTUMN 2016. "Absolutely heart-breaking. One of the best books I've ever read". (Dinah Jefferies, author of The Tea-Planter's Wife). "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.
ANNA HOPE was born in Manchester and educated at Oxford University and RADA. THE BALLROOM is inspired by the true story of her great-great-grand-father. She is the author of the acclaimed debut novel WAKE. Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Hope