Loved Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things? Keep on reading...
'Warm and wise' Guardian 'A book to really love ... makes reading a joy' Stylist 'Will soften even the hardest of hearts' Red 'Subtle and poignant' Good Housekeeping 'Plenty of spirit and heart' Daily Mail 'An adorable heartfelt story' Prima 'Filled with hope and the power of friendship' Evening Standard 'A whimsical, wistful affair' Sunday Express 'A wrenching story of recovery' Metro
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. 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 a chance encounter with 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 - opens 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 ...
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.
Praise for The Keeper of Lost Things, a Richard & Judy Book Club pick 2017
Winner of the Richard & Judy Readers' Award 2017
'A gem' Huffington Post
'Exquisite' The Lady
'Delightful' Helen Simonson, author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
Warm and wise ... With her bestselling 2017 debut, The Keeper of Lost Things, Hogan won fans for her astute portrayal of grief and the human capacity for recovery. It is territory she revisits here, adding to her themes that of community and its power to heal. Her passages on loss are vivid and visceral ... But hope is never lost and catharsis is to be found in unlikely places' — Guardian
A whimsical, wistful affair — Sunday Express
We were huge fans of Ruth Hogan's The Keeper of Lost Things, and her second book is just as brilliantly written - though you may need tissues at the ready! — Sun
Subtle and poignant — Good Housekeeping
This is a work that packs in plenty of substance alongside the sweetness....Despite tackling such huge topics as bereavement and cancer - Hogan's work is filled with hope and the power of friendship — Best uplifting books to read this summer, Evening Standard
The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes will soften even the hardest of hearts — Red
From the author of breakout hit, The Keeper Of Lost Things, this is a book to really love. Exploring the aftermath of grief and the ways people carry on (with humour, with solace, with lidos ...) Hogan writes welcoming prose that makes reading a joy — Stylist
An adorable heartfelt story — Nina Pottell, Prima
Vibrant — Nina Pottell, Prima
This book has plenty of spirit and heart — Daily Mail
Hogan establishes a slightly left-of-centre world that's just a little more brightly coloured than the real one and deploys a host of eccentric characters to soften what is a wrenching story of recovery — Metro
Beautiful and unique — Take a Break
The Up-Lit Queen — Sunday Post
Thorny issues are explored with a sensitive humour that takes nothing away from what people are feeling — BookBag
Gloriously gorgeous in every way . . . Ruth Hogan has the very special ability to look beyond the veil of unremarkable to find a sometimes painful, yet beautifully quirky existence . . . The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is a must-read, and I enjoyed every single second of it — Lovereading
One of the stars of "up lit" - a literary trend with friendship and small acts of kindness at its core — Radio Times
A lovely, gentle, uplifting read — The Book Scoop
Emotional — Love it!
A book that will tuck itself into your heart — Emma's Bookish Corner
Ruth Hogan has done a remarkable job. Once again she has proven that she has an uncanny ability to create a perfectly balanced, cosy and comforting read ... Her books are full of love, life, and human perseverance — The Bookish Bundle
Laced with wit and charm — The Coast
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Uplifting — Corey Reads
Thoughtful and moving ... Ruth tells a good story, she writes beautifully, and is a genuine talent. I look forward to reading more of her work — The Terrified Writer
This book is brilliant, absolutely brilliant, I loved it — Wilde Reads
A highly original and quirky novel, it was well written and managed to balance moments of darkness with sensitivity, as well as light humour — Mrs B's Book Reviews
Brilliantly written — Clem Loves
Another beautiful story from an author who writes like a dream — Random Things Through My Letterbox blog
Sally Red Shoes has completely stolen my heart . . . Gentle, quirky, hopeful. So clever, so beautiful. LOVED it — Books and the City
A powerful story about coming alive . . . Ruth Hogan depicts Masha's life with grace, eloquence, melancholy and this elegant writing is even more exquisite than in The Keeper of Lost Things — Apple Tree Antiquarian Books
I love that the best and brightest characters were older women who had refused to live the life society would have dictated to them. The joy they offered in just being unapologetically themselves is a great invitation to us all. — Create Hope Inspire blog