Dancing Backwards (Salley Vickers)

“The long-awaited latest novel from Salley Vickers, bestselling and much-loved author of Miss Garnet’s Angel and The Other Side of You. Violet Hetherington has taken the rash step of joining a transatlantic cruise ship to New York to visit Edwin, an old friend. As she makes the six day crossing, she relives the traumatic events that led to her losing Edwin’s friendship, and abandoning her career as a poet, for the safety of marriage and domesticity. Despite her natural reserve, she meets a rich variety of passengers travelling with her, who affect her understanding of her own past. Most significantly, she meets Dino, the dance host, whose motives in befriending Vi are shady, but who teaches her to ballroom dance – and inadvertently helps her to recover from her past. Moving between the late sixties and the present day, Dancing Backwards is written with the lightness of touch and psychological insight which characterise Salley Vickers’ acclaimed work. This bittersweet novel is subtle, poignant and wonderfully entertaining. ”  Nielsen Bookdata Online

I really enjoyed this book alongside all of Salley Vickers’s other novels.  She is an extremely good storyteller and her style is easy at the same time as eloquent and interesting.  According to tales told to me by a seasoned traveller on a Norwegian cruise liner, the events related aboard ship are true to form!  If you like this book, you may like to try Vickers’s other novels, details of which can be found on her website:

http://www.salleyvickers.com/index.asp

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Author: Berkhamsted School Library

Main aims for Berkhamsted School Library • to provide a central resource for the whole school curriculum • to encourage an ethos of enquiry and discovery • to assist pupils in becoming confident and independent learners • to develop research and information skills throughout the school • to offer resources which enrich cultural values and experiences for pupils, as well as have a role in their recreational life and promote reading for pleasure as a lifelong activity

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