Reviews and Media

Press and Reviews for The Ballroom

‘Exquisitely good…Confirms her as a writer of immense power…Sensitive, engrossing and highly recommended.’ Metro.

‘A British version of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ The Times.

‘Blends historical research with emotional intelligence to explore the tensions and trials of the human condition with grace and insight.’ New York Times.

‘A poignant and sensitive love story…shot through with insidious violence…Hope treats her subject and her characters with the care of an attentive therapist…skilfully and subtly dissects our notions of madness…The writing is elegant and insightful; she writes beautifully about human emotion, landscape and weather.’ The Observer. 

‘Superb…brilliant…deeply moving.’ The Irish Times. 

‘Such a magnificent setting definitely demands a story that delivers, all guns blazing. It does, and then some….Fiction at it’s finest.’ Irish Independent.

‘The Ballroom is a beautifully wrought novel, a tender, heartbreaking and insightful exploration of the longings that survive in the most inhospitable environments.’ Sunday Express.

‘Part social commentary, part mystery and part dangerous liaison…’ The FT

‘Has all the intensity and lyricism of Hope’s debut Wake.’ Daily Mail.

‘Magnificent…a luminary of historical fiction…writing history from the margins, the personal stories behind the era, she delivers profound, poignant stories that stir the emotions.’ Press Association.

‘An unsentimental and affecting story.’ The Sunday Times.

‘A heartbreaking tale of how love can flourish in the darkest of times.’ Cathy Rentzenbrink. Book of the Month February, The Bookseller

‘An original, brilliant, evocative novel.’ Chris Cleave.

‘Brilliantly drawn characters.’ Book of The Month, Psychologies Magazine.

‘An exquisite love story.’ Good Housekeeping.

‘A gripping read that stays with you long after you’ve read the final page.’ Glamour.

‘A terrifying, moving and uplifting story that had me glued to the pages.’ Woman and Home.

‘Beautifully bleak…’ Red Magazine. 


Interviews for The Ballroom

I talked to Samira Ahmed on BBC Front Row 

I talked to the Yorkshire Post all about The Ballroom.


Interviews for Wake

Here’s an interview filmed in Paris, speaking about Wake (Le Chagrin des Vivants in French.)

Hour long podcast interview from Toronto’s International Festival of Authors, an event with Sarah Waters.

Woman’s Hour interview with Jane Garvey.

Interview from the Toronto Globe and Mail. 

Press and reviews for Wake

‘A masterclass in historical fiction’ The Observer.

“Hope’s unblinking prose is reminiscent of Vera Brittain’s classic memoir “Testament of Youth” in its depiction of the social and emotional fallout, particularly on women, of the Great War.” New York Times

“Superb … beautifully crafted” (Irish Times)

“A moving novel about the aftershock of the 1914-1918 conflict. … unlikely many will prove better than Anna Hope’s Wake” (Sunday Times)

“Intricately researched and beautifully written, with the kind of restrained yet emotional prose one expects from a seasoned author. Its characters, too, have a depth and quiet tragedy one rarely finds in debut fiction. In this centenary year commemorating the outbreak of war, there’ve been many novels about the conflict:Wake is without doubt one of the best.” (Hannah Beckerman – Huffington Post)

“Compelling, gripping, emotionally charged” (Stylist magazine)

“A compelling and emotionally charged debut about the painful aftermath of war and the ways – small, brave or commonplace – that keep us going. It touches feelings we know, and settings – dance halls, war front, queues outside the grocer – that we don’t. I loved it.” (Rachel Joyce, author of THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY)

“A tender and timely novel, full of compassion and quiet insight. The author gives us a moving and original glimpse into the haunted peace after the Great War, her characters drawn by the gravity of the unmarked, the unknown and perhaps, finally, the unhoped for.” (Chris Cleave, author of THE OTHER HAND)

“Wake is powerful and humane; a novel that charms and beguiles. Anna Hope’s characters are so real; flawed and searching, and her prose so natural, one almost forgets how very great a story she is telling.” (Sadie Jones, author of THE OUTCAST)


“Wonderful” (BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour)

“Absorbing and timely” (Daily Mail)

“Wise and insightful” (Sunday Express)

“A hit, we think!” (Simon Mayo Bookclub)

“Impressive and poignant … moving and rewarding” (Woman and Home)

“Poignant … stays long in the memory” (Choice)

“I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the biggest hardback debut of the year” (Alexandra Hemingsley, Radio Two Arts Show)

“Poignant and powerful, it’s a must-read.” (Fabulous Magazine)

“Anna Hope reveals a tragic connection between three women living i 1920s London in her impressive debut” (Good Housekeeping Magazine)

“A very simple book which elicits very complicated emotions …luscious, impressive, moving.” (Julia Kingsford)

“It’s an unusual story, told well and written delicately. The women and the world they inhabit are beautifully drawn. It tells us that life can continue to be lived even after terrible loss.” (RONAN BENNETT, Whitbread award-winning author and creator of Channel Four’s ‘Top Boy’)

“Wake is a staggeringly good first novel, packed with soulful insight, universal emotions and those intimate small details which add more depth and meaning to a picture than the brutal sweep of a broad brush.” (Lancashire Evening Post)

“Wake is that rare and beautiful thing: a first novel that sings with such power and grace that it lifts itself effortlessly from the pack. Powerful, passionate, compassionate, it marks the rising of a new star in the literary firmament. Anna Hope is here to stay.” (M.C. Scott – Author of Rome and chair of the Historical Writers Association)

“Compelling, gripping, emotionally charged” (Stylist magazine)

“Wonderful” (BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour)