The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 06/09/2018
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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: 9781473669017
  • Number of pages: 352
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 28 mm

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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
The narrative is also full of hilarious analogy and there are quite a few laugh out loud moments.
he Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is the second novel by Ruth Hogan. With the author’s first novel The Keeper of Lost Things being such a well-received and hear... READ MORE
Callie Hill
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Loved it!
Just look at that cover! Isn't it beautiful? I always love an attractive cover and this one certainly ticks all the boxes. "The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes" ... READ MORE
A Mother’s Musings
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
I really did not want this story to end. Despite the tragedy at its heart this is a delightfully funny, very funny, novel with wonderfully engaging charact... READ MORE
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Life After Death
3.5 Stars This is a book about death. Sounds a little bit off-putting when you put it like that I suppose, but there's no getting away from it. With chu... READ MORE
Marjorie Odonnell
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
Loved it !
Thanks to Netgalley I go the chance to read this pre-publication and I just loved this book. I did feel that the title was a bit misleading because Sally i... READ MORE
Christine H.
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes
This was at the end another well written book by this author . Making you laugh but at the same time cry. Not one for the feint hearted or anyone with ment... READ MORE
Brenda Bailey