The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 03/05/2018
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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Heartwarming story at its best.....
Ruth Hogan's first novel " The Keeper of Lost Things " was a major bestseller, she won our hearts with her wonderful story. I loved her second novel with ... READ MORE
Emine at Bromley
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Worth reading
A wonderful writer, with a delightful turn of phrase and quirky characters. This is a beautiful story with amazing insight and depth. The only problem is t... READ MORE
Chrys - Plymouth
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Filled with wonderful wisdom and joy for life.
A heartfelt and moving novel about loss, grief and learning to let go and live again. I thoroughly enjoyed the author's first novel 'The Keeper of Lost Thi... READ MORE
Penelope Bullock at Lancaster
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Lovely, lovely, lovely
I fell in love with Ruth Hogan’s writing with 'The Keeper of Lost Things' and ‘The Particular Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes’ has cemented Ruth as an author who... READ MORE
Emma Smith at Bedford
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Your new favourite author?
Masha has been many things in her life: a free spirit, a lover, and a mother. But right now she is none of those things – since her beloved little boy disa... READ MORE
Jane E Skudder


A brilliant new novel from Ruth Hogan, the author of acclaimed debut, The Keeper of Lost Things

The woman thrusts her hands into the pockets of her well-worn tweed coat, remembering with a smile a scarlet gown she wore in another life, many years ago. Almost the same shade as the scuffed, red shoes she is wearing now.

Masha's life has stopped. Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, her life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Now, unable to let go of her grief, she finds solace in the silent company of the souls of her local Victorian cemetery and at the town's lido, where she seeks refuge underwater - safe from the noise and the pain.

But then a chance encounter introduces her to two extraordinary women - the fabulous and wise Kitty Muriel, a convent girl-turned-magician's wife-turned-seventy-something-roller-disco-fanatic, and the mysterious Sally Red Shoes, a bag lady with a prodigious voice – opening up a new world of possibilities, and the chance to start living again. But just as Masha dares to imagine the future, the past comes roaring back…

A book that unashamedly celebrates the small acts of everyday kindness that move and change a life. Like her bestselling debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan's second novel introduces a cast of wonderful characters, both ordinary and charmingly eccentric, who guide us through a moving exploration of the simple human connections that make life worth living.

  • Publisher: John Murray Press
  • ISBN: 9781473668997
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 472g
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 30 mm

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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
A wonderful cast contribute to an extraordinary wonderful novel.
I missed Ruth Hogan’s debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things so when Ruth’s second novel The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes arrived I was thrilled. I heard so ma... READ MORE
John Fish
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Memorable characters though a little uneven
I waited a day or so before writing my review of The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes as I really wasn't sure just how to capture what I thought about it successf... READ MORE
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
An emotionally engaging journey
This is both my first book by Ruth Hogan and first from the "women's fiction" genre in many months. A synopsis has to really grab me for me to be willing t... READ MORE
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Fabulous fiction
First of all thank you to Netgalley for this ARC copy and then thank you to the author for giving us a novel that is well written, with a story that is a b... READ MORE
marie riley
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
A Book to Enjoy.
This was a lovely book to read. It's a book about life and second chances, sadness and joy, secrets and revelations and love and loss. This novel is very s... READ MORE
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