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The Ballroom Class [Kindle Edition]

Lucy Dillon
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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It's for everyone who loves to watch dance, join in a dance and all those whose heart is in dance. (Arlene Phillips, judge for Strictly Come Dancing)

I adored this juicy novel... you'll be swept off your feet (Louise Bagshawe)

Strictly Come Dancing with added off-floor love, betrayal and glitz makes Lucy Dillon's dazzling debut a must for ballroom fans. (Mirror)

A charming, heartwarming, entertaining read for all would-be dancefloor divas (Glamour)

'A top tome for all who've come over a little Strictly Come Dancing of late... If you like a healthy dose of glitter and spangle with your reading, look no further.' (InStyle )

'Frothy fun for fans of Strictly.' (New Woman)

Tango-tastic ( Closer magazine)

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For the millions addicted to Strictly Come Dancing - a romantic, funny and moving novel that will make you want to put on your dancing shoes...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; Export ed edition (16 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0043VDI9M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,830 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lucy Dillon's new novel is A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME.

Lucy Dillon lives in a ramshackle Georgian farmhouse (less Pemberley, more Miss Marple) in a village just outside Hereford, where she writes novels in between meeting the daily requirements of her dogs, and keeping out of the way of the builders. After nearly a year of renovations, she's learned enough to know that it's best left to the experts. She can, however, tell you more than you need to know about lime plaster, and that Classic FM on headphones drowns out the sound of most building work, apart from drilling.

Lucy Dillon grew up in Cumbria, and while at school, wrote a play about Mary, Queen of Scots, which apparently only had two major historical inaccuracies, and edited the school magazine, all of which set her up for her first job after university, in publishing. Working for a fiction editor taught her some invaluable lessons about how books are written, then re-written, and then re-re-written, as well as how satisfying is it to watch a pile of pages magically turn into a novel you can hold in a bookshop and read in the bath.

A HUNDRED PIECES OF ME is Lucy's fifth novel. None of the characters are based on her family, or her builders, although the dogs might recognise themselves a bit.

Lucy won the Romantic Novelists' Association Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts.

You can follow her on Twitter @lucy_dillon or find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/LucyDillonBooks.

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful! 29 Feb 2008
By Olivia
Format:Hardcover
The Ballroom Class follows the lives of three couples learning to dance and the woman who teaches them. Working mum Katie and her stay-at home husband Ross are finding their role reversal a strain on their marriage. They take the class on the advice of their marriage guidance counsellor. Meanwhile, gawky Lauren and her fiance are there to train for the perfect first dance at their wedding. There are plenty of laughs to be had from bride-to-be Lauren's over-the-top wedding plans but, be warned, this novel also had me sobbing on a train. Lucy Dillon writes with such heart, you can't help caring for her characters. A treat from beginning to end.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One hack of a dance-off! 16 Dec 2008
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Lauren and Chris, engaged to be married, are finding preparing for their wedding harder than they thought. Lauren wants a fairytale, but Chris just wants it over with. Lauren's parents Bridget and Frank are very happily married and proud of their daughter, but Bridget is hiding a secret which is eating her up inside. Finally, Katie and Ross have marital woes, Katie resents going out to work while Ross gets all day with their two children, Hannah and Joe. Can the music bring all the couples closer together and heal the rifts, or is it too late for them all?

This is a novel that really gets to grips with human relationships, their ups and downs, but of course love that will get you through anything, as long as that love is there. As well as the woes, there are plenty of laughs courtesy of Lauren and mother-in-law Irene's elaborate wedding plans, and these two never failed to make me smile! The dancing element really served to bring all of the characters together in one place, and to develop the individual storylines, and I loved the dancing scenes. They were so well written, you could clearly visualise that big old Glitterball on the hall ceiling, and the swishy dresses they wore for the classes! A really wonderful piece of escapist reading, a definite much for not just fans of dance, but also for those who love a fantastic read! For a debut novel, this is superb, and I do hope Lucy Dillon continues to write brilliant books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Words Danced Off the Pages 13 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
This was an absolute joy to read. This novel follows several different characters journey throughout their time with the Ballroom Class. All of the different characters bring a certain charm to the pages, and each character draws you furhter into the book. Katie and Russ leave you wanting and willing them to get on with each other better. Lauren is planning a fairytale wedding, which leaves the reader feeling very sorry for her parents, espcially her father who is blissfully unaware. Angelica's story turns out to be very moving and you soften towards her. You really do not want the book to end, and it leaves you searching high and low for a local dance class. Brilliant.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By StellaH
Format:Paperback
This lovely book arrived promptly from Amazon in perfect condition. And was everything I expected of the author, Lucy Dillon. The characters involve you in their lives, and you want it to all turn out right for them in the end..... Excellently written, and a real feel-good factor. No exaggerated drama, just real-life stuff, and a clever - and topical - tale.
Thoroughly good read that has comedy & romance, and makes you want to know WHAT happens next to each individual. I wish I could write as well!
Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL 23 Dec 2008
By AnnieA
Format:Paperback
This book is totally enjoyable escapism. Fans of Strictly Come Dancing will love it. I learned lots about dances and dancing in this book but it was all part of the story and not written in a preachy way at all. It's a well written book which you race through because you care about the characters and what happens to them, which is the highest compliment I can give. Even though it is sad in places I would still class it as a 'feel good' book which lifts the spirits and leaves you feeling great.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 15 Oct 2008
Format:Hardcover
This is such a heart-warming tale. It's a great cast of characters and you really care about their stories. Lucy Dillon writes with a gentle humour and deep understanding about people's motivations and foibles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ballroom Class 4 April 2011
By Joal
Format:Paperback
I really enoyed this book.
It is a very easy read and it wasn't always possible to tell exactly what the ending would be.
The characters were very real and i was able to relate to them.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stellar read 6 Oct 2008
By Mel A
Format:Hardcover
This novel is a real find. A fabulous tale of aspiration, inspiration and human warmth. Can't wait for Lucy Dillon's next one!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A salsa of very interesting characters
After the doggie books wondered if I would like this as much. But it is brilliant.
Published 21 days ago by phoebe loves books
4.0 out of 5 stars Strictly readable!
Well written entertaining story. This would be a good book to take on holiday,not too much misery! If you enjoy strictly you may enjoy this. I enjoyed it. Give it a go!
Published 2 months ago by Mendel
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointed
Enjoyed this book. But it was very predictable. Not as good as the others I have read but still a cosy read.
Published 3 months ago by Kerry
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read
I really enjoyed this book. It's based on a few different characters so it was always keeping you enthralled. Super!!
Published 3 months ago by J. H. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable read
I have really enjoyed all Lucy Dillon's novels. They are light reading but with some profound thoughts on human relationships and living with dogs. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lovetoread
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book,was looking forward each day to the next chapter.Sad when it was finished and will look for more books by this author
Published 5 months ago by Gerry Turner
4.0 out of 5 stars a very good read
very readable, nice story, Lucy Dillon has not quite made it into my personal top 5 authors but is certainly in the top ten.
Published 5 months ago by Juliegoth
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
I am an avid strictly fan so this book intrigued me. The characters are all believable and warm to them from the start. Read more
Published 6 months ago by General
4.0 out of 5 stars Ballroom class
this was a lovely book. I couldnt put it down. I would recommend this book to my friends.
nice easy read.
Published 7 months ago by Alison Carson
2.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Enjoyed this book. Not my usual read but enjoyed something different. May look at other books by this writer for future.
Published 8 months ago by Gill
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