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The Ballroom

(2016)
A novel by

 
 


A searing novel of forbidden love on the Yorkshire moors - "a British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Times UK) - from the author of the critically acclaimed debut Wake

England, 1911. At Sharston Asylum, men and women are separated by thick walls and barred windows. But on Friday nights, they are allowed to mingle in the asylum's magnificent ballroom. From its balconies and vaulted ceilings to its stained glass, the ballroom is a sanctuary. Onstage, the orchestra plays Strauss and Debussy while the patients twirl across the gleaming dance floor.

Amid this heady ambience, John Mulligan and Ella Fay first meet. John is a sure-footed dancer with a clouded, secretive face; Ella is as skittish as a colt, with her knobby knees and flushed cheeks. Despite their grim circumstances, the unlikely pair strikes up a tenuous courtship. During the week he writes letters smuggled to her in secret, unaware that Ella cannot read. She enlists a friend to read them aloud and gains resolve from the force of John's words, each sentence a stirring incantation. And, of course, there's always the promise of the ballroom. Then one of them receives an unexpected opportunity to leave Sharston for good.

As Anna Hope's powerful, bittersweet novel unfolds, John and Ella face an agonizing dilemma: whether to cling to familiar comforts or to confront a new world - living apart, yet forever changed.

Genre: Historical

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Hardback Editions

April 2017 : UK Hardback

Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 1-4448-3211-5 / 978-1-4448-3211-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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September 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Ballroom: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-8129-9515-5 / 978-0-8129-9515-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House
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February 2016 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-85752-196-9 / 978-0-85752-196-5 (UK edition)
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Paperback Editions

September 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-552-77947-4 / 978-0-552-77947-0 (UK edition)
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September 2016 : Canada Paperback
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-7710-3911-5 / 978-0-7710-3911-9 (Canada edition)
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February 2016 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
ISBN: 0-85752-197-7 / 978-0-85752-197-2 (UK edition)
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Audio Editions

September 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ballroom: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Random House Audio
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February 2016 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
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February 2016 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
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February 2016 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
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September 2016 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Ballroom
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
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September 2016 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: The Ballroom: A Novel
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Random House
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February 2016 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Ballroom: A Richard and Judy book club pick
Author(s): Anna Hope
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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