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Dare to Dance-bookcover

By: Christine Lee

Dare to Dance

Pages: 160 Ratings: 5.0
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At the start we find the central character, Ivy, lying in a hospital bed, slowly recovering from a hip operation. She is lonely and missing Arthur, her much loved husband, terribly. They are both in their early 70s. He has Alzheimer’s and has been put in a home. She does not like this at all. This indomitable lady also dislikes being in a hospital ward. She rebels and walks out. To her amazement she also rebels against her old way of life and dowdy self.Back at home she makes her first serious choice. She avoids the police who come knocking at her door. She goes to the cupboard on the landing pulling out the old trunks containing her mother’s extremely glamorous clothes. She tries them on beginning a journey from which she never returns. She sorts out passports, packing her new self in a couple of large suitcases collecting money from the bank and her dear husband from the home.They travel to Saint Pancras Station, then on to Paris before leaving for the South of France where their lives unfold.The fascinating characters she meets along the way give warmth humour and pathos to her extraordinary adventures.

Christine Lee, born in 1938, was brought up in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, and began her working life as a nurse, training at the Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading. After bringing up her young family, Christine returned to her first love by attending St Martins School of Art, London, gaining a degree in fine arts sculpture. Now one of the country’s leading figurative sculptors, she is best known for works such as the remarkable Commemorative Fountain outside the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Christine has always written creatively, having her first biography, The Midwife’s Sister, published in 2015 which reached the Times’ bestseller list. Christine currently lives in Devon. This is her first novel.

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  • Ed and Mo

    It is a very optimistic work, and very much your voice. The artist’s eye is in the careful descriptions. Your enjoyment of people, beautiful places and good food shines through.
    You seem to have started on a further career. Keep it up.

  • MX

    This morning I finished 'Dare to Dance' and have put a card in the post to thank you for such a joyful read! It was perfect for these cold dark days - a real fairy tale - and I particularly enjoyed the lovingly described food and good company. Even Arthur's death at the end felt right. I hope you really enjoyed writing it.

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