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The Sleeping Beauties Book

May 1945 and at long last, Rosamund Caradon is feeling optimistic. As she returns the last few evacuees to London from her Devonshire manor, she vows to protect dance-obsessed daughter Jasmine from further peril. But a chance meeting with a Sadler’s Wells ballet dancer changes everything. When the beautiful, elusive Briar Woods bursts into Rosamund’s train carriage, it’s clear her sights are set on the immediately captivated Jasmine. And Rosamund cannot shake the eerie feeling this accidental encounter is not what it seems. For Briar may be far away from the pointe shoes and greasepaint of the Sleeping Beauty ballet that is so much a part of her, but her performance for Rosamund might just be her most successful yet. This, Briar feels, is a show for a mother and daughter. A dance that could turn deadly…

After training at the Royal Ballet School for eight years, Lucy decided to change career plans and go to university, where she read English Literature before doing a PGCE teaching qualification, and she is now a teacher. Her poetry and short stories have been published in a number of literary journals and she was shortlisted for the 2020 Impress Prize for New Writers. The Sleeping Beauties is her second novel.

Publisher: Magpie
Format: Hardback
Pages: 336

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Esther Gravel
The Sleeping beauties

I thought I'd guessed after the first 200 pages (of 325 pages) the underlying mystery of this thriller, but the author got me. I'd recommend this historical novel to anyone who likes (20th-century) history and World War II anecdotes. The ballet is incidental, though I learned a lot about the history of London's Royal Ballet, its founder Ninette de Valois, Margot Fonteyn and the troupe's tours. The plot of the thriller's main characters is breathtaking. Bravo to Lucy Ashe.

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Esther Gravel
The Sleeping beauties

I thought I'd guessed after the first 200 pages (of 325 pages) the underlying mystery of this thriller, but the author got me. I'd recommend this historical novel to anyone who likes (20th-century) history and World War II anecdotes. The ballet is incidental, though I learned a lot about the history of London's Royal Ballet, its founder Ninette de Valois, Margot Fonteyn and the troupe's tours. The plot of the thriller's main characters is breathtaking. Bravo to Lucy Ashe.