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The Ballroom - A Novel

Anna Hope

A searing novel of forbidden love on the Yorkshire moors-"a British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Times U.K.)-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. Praise for The Ballroom "The Ballroom successfully blends historical research with emotional intelligence to explore the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight."-New York Times Book Review "Part historical novel and part romance, The Ballroom paints an incredibly rich portrait of the mentally stable forced to live in an asylum. [Anna] Hope transports readers inside the asylum, to feel the thick humidity of the stale summer air of the day room, and the gritty and brutal reality inside those walls."-Booklist "A compelling cast of emotionally resonant characters, as well as a bittersweet climax,

A searing novel of forbidden love on the Yorkshire moors-"a British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Times U.K.)-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. Praise for The Ballroom "The Ballroom successfully blends historical research with emotional intelligence to explore the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight."-New York Times Book Review "Part historical novel and part romance, The Ballroom paints an incredibly rich portrait of the mentally stable forced to live in an asylum. [Anna] Hope transports readers inside the asylum, to feel the thick humidity of the stale summer air of the day room, and the gritty and brutal reality inside those walls."-Booklist "A compelling cast of emotionally resonant characters, as well as a bittersweet climax,
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A searing novel of forbidden love on the Yorkshire moors-"a British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" (The Times U.K.)-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. Praise for The Ballroom "The Ballroom successfully blends historical research with emotional intelligence to explore the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight."-New York Times Book Review "Part historical novel and part romance, The Ballroom paints an incredibly rich portrait of the mentally stable forced to live in an asylum. [Anna] Hope transports readers inside the asylum, to feel the thick humidity of the stale summer air of the day room, and the gritty and brutal reality inside those walls."-Booklist "A compelling cast of emotionally resonant characters, as well as a bittersweet climax,

Language:

English

Narrators:

Daniel Weyman

Length:

10h


Chapters

Free Sample

02:40

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:12


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:16


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:17


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:30


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:50


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:08


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:16


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:56


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:24


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:41


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:06


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:51


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:32


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:49


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:19


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:54


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:58


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:47


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:00


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:58


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:37


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:16


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:42


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

07:49


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:22


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:37


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:00


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:15


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:55


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:10


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:11


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:55


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:07


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:32


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

05:46


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:04


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:43


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:30


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:25


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:55


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:32


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:13


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:19


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:13


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

09:59


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:31


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:49


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:07


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

06:42


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:33


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:57


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:58


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:51


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:09


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

07:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:41


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:12


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

01:21


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:32


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:59


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:49


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:43


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:30


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

07:13


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:42


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

02:03


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:24


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

07:38


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:25


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

07:47


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:08


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

00:29