The Ballroom

The Ballroom Cover

Anna Hope

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 seems almost impossible to believe now, but within living memory people were incarcerated in what were called lunatic asylums simply for being destitute. In this vivid story based on such terrible fates, Anna Hope takes us back to 1911 and inside an asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. Behind the walls and bars, there is a ballroom where inmates, separated by gender, are allowed to gather once a week and dance. John and Ella meet there – and their world changes forever.

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