The Ballroom

The Ballroom Where love is your only escape 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

  • Title: The Ballroom
  • Author: Anna Hope
  • ISBN: 9780771039119
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • Where love is your only escape 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 19Where love is your only escape 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 tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.
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    • Angela M says:

      I haven't had much time to write this review since I finished reading this book a couple of days ago, but I've been thinking about these characters and their story - so much so that as I'm writing this, I have decided to up my rating from 4+ to 5 stars. It was just shy of 5 stars for me because I felt it a little slow at times, but the more I thought about it, I realized how the slow moving time really depicted what it was like for these patients as they waited for the next dance in The Ballroom [...]

    • Melissa says:

      Well, this wasn’t the experience I had hoped for. There’s a tiny part of me that feels this story teetered on the very edge of being something great—something memorable even—but then there’s the rational part of me that can admit, it missed the mark. Big time. This was an extremely drab and depressing story, even for me—someone who frequently dabbles in dark reads.It was all the eerie possibilities an asylum could offer a storyline, along with the glowing reviews I’d seen from othe [...]

    • Karen says:

      Update: since I can't stop thinking about this I'm moving this up to 5 starsIreland 1911Love found in an insane asylum by a man and woman who were institutionalized without having a mental disorder. This is what was heartbreaking. People locked up for no reason.The Ballroom in the asylum was used on Friday nights for dances for the men and women who were housed separately, this being their only bright spot of the week.The doctor who was in charge of these patients started out a caring man and th [...]

    • Jen says:

      I hate that this is over.For one day a week, 2 hours on a Friday night, both women and men who have been segregated in the asylum, are brought together in the ballroom. For one night, they have the pleasure of listening to music and dancing as if they were normal. Where for 2 hours they feel human. They feel hope. They feel a connection. Until it's decided that it be stopped - as an act of punishment.I loved the characters - Ella, in an act of defiance - although recognized as deviance - is impr [...]

    • Amalia Gavea says:

      This has been a difficult review in the sense that I, initially, couldn't pinpoint what it was that didn't feel right for me. Up to the middle, I knew I liked it enough to continue reading, my overall impression was positive, but it wasn't fulfilling my expectations.In a certain degree, I am still conflicted and divided over a few parts of the novel. And then, something happened and the book started coming to life.I started The Ballroom by Anna Hope with enthusiasm. Stories that are set in asylu [...]

    • Linda says:

      I received a copy of The Ballroom by Anna Hope through NetGalley for an honest review. My thanks to Random House and to Anna Hope for the opportunity."Who would know the things inside her if she stayed in this place?"Ella Fay has cast her lot by breaking a covered window in a factory where she labored in a most bleek manner as a spinner. The tight threads cut into her swollen fingers and those same threads entangled upon her thoughts of freedom. She wished beseechingly for a glimpse of blue sky. [...]

    • Susanne Strong says:

      4.5 Heartfelt Stars!"The Ballroom" by Anna Hope was my very first Traveling Sister Group Read with Brenda, Norma, Lindsay and JanB. It was an amazingly rewarding experience with incredibly kind, inspiring, smart and simply wonderful women. The group read and discussions that ensued, opened my eyes to a lot of things about the book that I would not have thought of otherwise. "The Ballroom" is a novel that I found to be brilliantly written, evocative and full of heart. While I loved all of the cha [...]

    • Lindsay says:

      4.5 stars! What a touching and unforgettable read! This was our first Traveling Sister Read with Norma, Brenda, JanB and Susanne. We had such a wonderfully enjoyable time reading this together! It sparked a lot of deep discussion and it was very interesting to get to know everyone's perspectives and opinions.This novel was haunting, intense, heart breaking and heart warming for me. I truly enjoyed reading every single page. For me, the storyline was very unique and unpredictable which I loved. T [...]

    • Elyse says:

      Library audiobook -- so-so about the narrator's delivery. Even though it was read well, I didn't feel much of a spark. I appreciate other readers passion for this story the authors research, and the authors personal intimacy-interest to the history of asylum life ( Anna Hope's grandfather was committed to the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum in 1909). Personally, I liked it enough to finish it - yet I didn't love it. I got tired of the dreamy-floating-airy-type descriptions. I felt the author s [...]

    • Norma says:

      THE BALLROOM by ANNA HOPE was our very first Traveling Sisters Group Read which I read along with Brenda, Lindsay, Susanne and JanB and what an awesome experience it was! There was a lot of great insight into this wonderful book and wouldn't have picked up on some of it if I wasn't reading it along with some other wonderful women! So thank you everyone who participated in this group read!This was an extremely good read! It was touching, heartbreaking, and absolutely unforgettable!Highly recommen [...]

    • PorshaJo says:

      Picture it. An asylum, Sharston Asylum, which is a place for the mentally ill. You are placed here for such things as being mentally unstable, breaking a window, melancholy, etc. Then, picture, a large ballroom with balconies and vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows. Wait what? Yes, a big beautiful ballroom where on Friday nights, the men and the women from the asylum, who are normally segregated, get to dance for two short hours. To say that it is a highlight of the week for the patients [...]

    • Julie says:

      The Ballroom by Anna Hope is a 2016 McClelland & Stewart publication. I really had no idea what to expect when I started this book. The synopsis was intriguing, but I couldn’t tell if this book was a romance or pure historical fiction. I suppose it’s a little bit of both, but I never could have guessed at the direction this book would take. In 1911 Ella sealed her fate by committing the oh so heinous crime of breaking a window at the factory she worked as a spinner. She only wanted a gli [...]

    • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

      This is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. The language is almost poetic, the descriptions draw you into the scenery, the characters are carefully and cleverly crafted.The story is set in an lunatic asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire moors in 1911 and revolves around four central characters. An asylum should be a place of refuge, where the insane are cared for and protected. This is far from the truth. And it is far from true that everyone incarcerated within is insane.Ella Fay w [...]

    • Diane S ☔ says:

      1911, Sharston Manor, an asylum for the mentally ill and feeble minded, located at the edge of the Yorkshire moors. A beautiful looking place that even contains a gorgeous ballroom. What goes on inside though doesn't match the beauty of the buildings appearance. Ella will find herself committed there after she breaks a window at the place she has worked since she was a young girl, she wanted only to see the sky. John will be brought there from the workhouses.Beautiful prose, magnificent renderin [...]

    • Annet says:

      Beautiful. Simple, Sincere, Poetic. What else can I say Just finished this lovely story. 1911: Set over the heatwave summer of 1911 at 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.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 a week, they come to [...]

    • Brenda says:

      4.5 Stars Our first Traveling Sisters Group Review by Brenda, Norma, Lindsay, Susanne and JanB!Our first pick for our Traveling Sisters Group Read was THE BALLROOM by ANNA HOPE and we all thought that it was the perfect book choice as we were all riding on the same emotional train with this oneE BALLROOM by ANNA HOPE is a shocking, haunting, unforgettable, and a painful historical fiction novel that was beautifully written and made for some really great discussions along the way for usNA HOPE op [...]

    • Cheri says:

      The Ballroom is quite a story. Lovely, anguished, heartbreaking. The Ballroom is based on an asylum, location-wise, near the Yorkshire moors, on the outskirts of the village of Menston, originally called the West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum when it opened in 1888, later known as West Riding Mental Hospital. Later it was renamed High Royds Hospital, closing in 2004. To know that this story was based on this location, based on some documentation of some of the elements of The Ballroom gives this [...]

    • Carol says:

      Slowly addictive and maddening tale of 1911 life in Sharston AsylumIn THE BALLROOM, two damaged lives find solace and hope through stolen moments and secretly passed letters full knowing there are only three ways out of the nightmare in which they are held captive."You can die.You can escape.Or you can convince them you are sane enough to leave."This dark and sometimes disturbing love story has well-drawn protagonists in John and Ella Fay and their dangerously disturbed 'so called' doctor, Charl [...]

    • Liz says:

      Anna Hope does a wonderful job of capturing the despair of life in an insane asylum in 1911. Ella is committed after breaking a window at the mill where she has worked since she was 8. She's not insane so much as despondent and who wouldn't be?The story is told from her point of view, as well as Charles, the assistant medical doctor in charge of the asylum’s music program and John, a male inmate. The contrast between the three works well. Sharston Asylum is home to “the feeble minded and chr [...]

    • Bam says:

      *4.5 stars! In the late winter of 1911, a young woman named Ella Fay is dragged, kicking and screaming, into Sharston Asylum in the Yorkshire moors--a place for lunatics and paupers, she has always been told. What has she done to deserve to be taken there? She'd just broken a window in a fit of pique at work in the mill, after all! And all she can think about as she looks around her new surroundings is finding a way to escape. But soon she does come to realize that if she wants to be released, s [...]

    • Emily May says:

      It was dark, she was alone, but her blood was beating; she was alive. She would study it, this place, this asylum. She would hide inside herself. She would seem to be good. And then she would escape.This was awesome. I have no idea how I found this book or ended up reading it - I haven't read the author's work before and I have literally heard nothing about this book or read any reviews, professional or otherwise. I guess it was something about the setting that did it. An asylum on the edge of t [...]

    • Dem says:

      Beautifully written, thought provoking novel set in an Asylum.The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love set in an Asylum on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors in 1911.Male and Female patients were segregated and the only time they came together was on Friday nights for the weekly dance.Churchill as a newly appointed home Secretary in 1908 was eager to solve the social problem of the "Feeble Minded" and he had ambitions for compulsory sterilisation. While his ambitions failed The Mental Deficiency Act [...]

    • Phrynne says:

      I have been looking forward to reading this for some time as so many people whose opinions I value have given it such good reviews. And I was not disappointed - in fact I loved it!Of course the setting helped a lot. I have lived in Leeds, worked in Bradford and have even been to Menston where the asylum is. I never knew Yorkshire to have a summer such as the one described in this book but the author's descriptions are just beautiful.The main characters in the book are all fascinating especially [...]

    • Britany says:

      Let me start by saying I love books about mental illness and asylums- I'm fascinated by them, especially the ones that are super old and creepy. I was immediately drawn into this story inspired by a real hospital in Menston, England. The author saw the ballroom and was immediately captured by it to create a fictionalized story of characters living and exploring the asylum in the early 1900's. Three different characters narrate the chapters: Ella Fay- born to be free, sent because she broke a win [...]

    • JanB says:

      Group read with the Traveling Sisters.ew to come!Here's the link to the "group review":twogirlslostinacouleereading.I'd give the book a 4.5 star ratingThis was my first group read with these ladies and I have to say the experience was wonderful. I appreciated everyone's viewpoint and the discussions were great! Thanks to the "sisters" for the invitation to join in on the read!And what an emotional read it was. The year is 1911, the setting a mental hospital in the Yorkshire moors. One night a we [...]

    • Cathrine ☯️ says:

      The Ballroom4.5★Told in beautiful spare prose, this is the story of John and Ella, who are about to discover why the caged bird can still sing. Men and women inmates are kept rigidly separated at Sharston Asylum except for two hours each Friday evening when some of them are allowed to mingle via dance therapy in the grand ballroom orchestrated by the very disturbed Dr. Fuller. As he ponders protocols for patient care while reading publications titled The Sterilization of Degenerates, he believ [...]

    • Wendy says:

      The Ballroom, by Anna Hope, is a story inspired by the author's great-grandfather and a real-life asylum.An extremely compelling novel about mental illness and how it was dealt with in the early 1900's.Told from three different perspectives Ella Fay, a young factory worker, John Mulligan, a despondent Irishman and their doctor Charles Fuller find their lives connected and put under intensifying anxiety as the line between sanity and insanity increasingly becomes more disconcerted. A love story e [...]

    • Terri says:

      Talented British actress and author, Anna Hope has written a powerful novel of the patients and staff residing in a asylum in the Yorkshire moors. The year is 1911 and there is great unrest in Edwardian Britain, as labor strikes cripple the country. If you were unlucky enough to be deemed "mad" or "feeble-minded," you were sent to live as a patient at "Sharston" Asylum, where depending on your sex, you labored in the fields or the laundry. The author's great-great-grandfather was a patient in th [...]

    • Jules says:

      The Ballroom is set in 1911 and tells the emotional story of a few characters and their lives inside an asylum at the edge of the Yorkshire moors. The men and woman are kept apart, except for one night a week (if they’re lucky), when they all get together in the ballroom for a dance.I found this to be a sometimes dark, but overall touching story of love and human struggle. Most of the characters were very likeable, and I did find myself becoming emotionally involved with this story. Having onl [...]

    • Vanessa says:

      Who would know the things inside her if she stayed in this place? She had no one to speak for her here, no creature to echo her, nothing to say who she was or might have been."An original and fascinating read! The premise and setting of this novel - an asylum in the early 20th century - was unusual and different than what I typically read. The story is told from the point of view of three characters, Ella, John, and Charles/Dr. Fuller, and each character is fascinating in his/her own way. Clem, [...]

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