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The Ballroom Audiobook

The Ballroom

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Publisher's Summary

By the acclaimed author of Wake: Where love is your only escape....

Nineteen-eleven: 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 tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

©2016 Anna Hope (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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  • Julie
    Peterborough, United Kingdom
    6/11/16
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    "brilliant summer read"
    Where does The Ballroom rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed the book and found I could not put it down.
    I especially enjoyed the authors explanation at the end of where she got the idea.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ballroom?

    I could not pick one thing.....I enjoyed all the characters


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wras
    Kildonan
    2/25/16
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    "We came to dance."

    Making moves from a passion play.
    The ties that bind us just slip away.
    We came to dance.
    The piper calls out a different rhyme.
    He cracks the whip and we step in time.

    Standing as the parade goes passing by.
    I hear a voice around me cry.
    Like the sound of distant drums.
    Rejected and alone.
    A heart without a home.
    And someone said...

    We came to dance.

    Waiting as the panic grips my hand.
    Hearing prose from high command.
    Like a million times before.
    No dignity or grace.
    It's the prize and not the race.
    And someone said...

    We came to dance.

    We came to dance.
    Making moves from a passion play.
    The ties that bind us just slip away.

    "Take what you can" they said.
    Take it while you may.
    But keep in mind the penalty fits the crime.
    And it deals no softened blow.
    By Ultravox


    As soon as I started reading this book that song came to mind, a new romantics tune for old romantics ballroom was somehow appropriate for this beautiful story of human resilience, when you have been disposed of all your humanity.

    There are moments of extreme beauty in this book, and some of deep sadness. The only character that did not work for me was the doctor a creation of his period but the least sympathetic of characters in the story.

    This is a historical novel with memories of a time when Europe was playing with the dangerous ideas of eugenics and race as if they were demonstrable truth. Another example how society can delude itself of truth by imposing belief above empirical evidence, especially when it concerns the poor or the weakest in our midst.

    A beautiful book with a heart as big as a ballroom.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ozzieboy
    10/25/16
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    "Brilliant book"

    I loved the story, it took you through so many emotions and now I have finished it I am really missing the characters

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    5/8/16
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    "insight to Eugenics "

    Enjoyed the history behind the story and engaged with all characters even shouting out loud at some of the things the Dr did ! Well read too

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    4/26/16
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    "excellent book."

    I really enjoyed listening to The Ballroom. very emotional at times and engaging throughout. it does leave the reader to ponder on the ending for th3 characters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Steena
    North Yorkshire
    3/21/16
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    "Now this is really good!"
    If you could sum up The Ballroom in three words, what would they be?

    Compelling, insightful, memorable


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is very atmospheric with strong characterisation. As I understand it, the maxim for writing a good story is.... 'show, rather than tell'. This did just that. Many years ago I had a work meeting at the place on which this is loosely based and I could visualise it so clearly. The ending is also robust and fitting. The day after I finished listening to this, I bought the book to give to a friend as a gift... it's that good.


    Have you listened to any of Daniel Weyman’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, this was the first, but I was very impressed. Great job, Daniel. Thank you.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think something similar has been written elsewhere about it being the British version of One flew over the cuckoo's nest.


    Any additional comments?

    Do read...

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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