Buy Used
£2.14
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: This book is in good condition and fulfilled by Amazon which means it is eligible for Amazon Prime. The book itself may have been used before but will be largely free of stains and markings. Textbooks may have slight highlighting. Corners may be slightly bent and spine may be creased but overall in solid condition with money back guarantee.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

A Dancer in Wartime: One girl's journey from the Blitz to Sadler's Wells Hardcover – 3 Nov 2011

20 customer reviews

See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
£3.98 £0.01



Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (3 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701185996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701185992
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.5 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 312,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

Review

"An extraordinary tale" (Daily Telegraph)

"Dance historians will be as charmed by this sidelight on dance as ambitious girls will be inspired by Lynne's description of the dancer's life" (The Times)

"A beautiful tale of a young woman's talent, determination - and star quality" (Baz Bamigboye Daily Mail)

"Wonderfully nostalgic and magical" (Easy Living)

"Gillian's journey through dance is a story of passion and devotion that should be read by everyone, not just dance lovers." (Arlene Phillips)

Book Description

A unique memoir about ballet, the war and a peerless group of dancers


Inside This Book

(Learn More)
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Nov. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Gillian Lynne is a choreographer, who began her career as a ballerina. Her mother took her to the doctor as a child, feeling she was hyperactive. As the author says, if such a thing happened now she would undoubtedly be given a named condition, but, luckily for her, the doctor suggested dance class for all that excess energy. So, Jill (as she was then) headed for Miss Madeleine Sharp's class for young ladies at the Bell Hotel ballroom in Bromley. At ten, she won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dancing, but life was interrupted by the sad death of her mother in an accident (her supporter and greatest champion) in 1939 and then the outbreak of war, which led to her father being recalled to the army (he had also fought in WW1).

Without her mother, Jill could not attend the Royal Academy for classes and ran away when evacuated. However, with the help of family members and the support of her father, she auditioned for the Cone Ripman school. This was a theatre school, strong in dance, but weak in other ares of the curriculum. Bombing meant the school had to move at least twice. A chance concert in London, led to her working with Molly Lake at the Ballet Guild. At the end of 1942 she gave up academic education for ever and was asked to change her name. A professional career was beckoning.

This, then, is the story of one girl during wartime. A girl who dodged bombs to make her way across London from her aunts house to dance class. Who was often noticed and approached by those who recognised her talent - she was appalled when her aunt turned down an approach by Ninette de Valois to join her company (Sadler's Wells Ballet and Opera), but they agreed to wait until she was eighteen and ask again.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By madaboutmusicals on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The memories of the legendary choreographer of the musical Cats and so much more, told clearly and honestly with the help of the detailed diaries she kept, conjure up the lost pre-war world as well as the perils and excitements of wartime with amazing clarity and detail. Following her life as she survives the tragic loss of her mother in a car crash and her father's call-up into the forces, the unwelcome attentions of a young girl dancer and the welcome ones of a distinguished officer, and graduates through dancing troupes to become part of the Royal Ballet, the volume ends on the day Covent Garden reopened after the war, her twentieth birthday, with her dancing on its stage along with Margot Fonteyn and other famous names. I can't wait to learn about the next 65 years.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jill Davey on 9 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
A very poignant and delightful rendering of Gillian's life. So interesting from both the dance point of view and the War Time era.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jackolucky on 13 Nov. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is such a moving and vivid account of how a dancer fought the war with courage, determination and discipline! Loved it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jezabel on 12 Feb. 2012
Format: Hardcover
They say all autobiography is fiction and all fiction is autobiography. Perhaps the author should have written a novel!

She may have skated round some of the finer points of her growing up in wartime but she was wonderful about Madam and Margot and I am glad of that.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Maeve on 24 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
What a wonderful story - and what a wonderful person - full of vitality and optimistic energy - should be an inspiration for budding dancers and a guide to understanding the hard work and dedication that is required to be successful if this is the chosen career.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Mrs L on 27 Jun. 2013
Format: Hardcover
The paperback copy of the book was the one I read. I loved the memoir, even though it was written by someone who is not a professional writer. The memories really brought to life what being a student, then a dancer was like at that time in history. It was lovely to view Margot Fonteyn and Ninette de Valois through other eyes. My major issue was with the photographs - so publishers please note! Tiny little photos that look like they have been scanned in from a poor photocopy and lie on the coarse paper of the text, are not acceptable. They give the book a thoroughly cheap and tawdry look. In other editions please print them much larger and on glossy paper. I think the photo on the cover of the hardback edition isn't Gillian Lynne, which also seems a bit odd.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my mother for a Christmas present because she joined the Royal Ballet at the same time as Gillian Lynne.
She thoroughly enjoyed the book as many of her friends and colleagues were mentioned in the book.
Apart from one glaring untruth in the book (perhaps the author thought that none of her fellow dancers would still be around to know the truth)! my mother loved reliving the times she spent at Coventry Garden.
Delivery was swift considering that I ordered close to Christmas.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews



Feedback