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The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes

The new novel from the author of The Keeper of Lost Things

By Ruth Hogan

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From Ruth Hogan's beguiling imagination comes another irresistible novel of unexpected friendships, second chances, and dark secrets ...

A Prima Best Book of 2018 selection

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

Once a spirited, independent woman with a rebellious streak, Masha's life has been forever changed by a tragic event twelve years ago. Unable to let go of her grief, she finds comfort in her faithful canine companion Haizum, and peace in the quiet lanes of her town's lido.

Then 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, her 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 lead us through a moving exploration of the joy of friendship and the simple human connections that make life worth living.


*And watch out for Ruth Hogan's new book, Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel, coming in February 2019 ... readers are saying it's her best yet*

Biographical Notes

Ruth Hogan is the author of The Keeper of Lost Things and The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes. A #1 word-of-mouth hit and Sunday Times bestseller with more than 800,000 copies sold, The Keeper of Lost Things was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick and a WHSmith Travel 'Fresh Talent' selection and is currently being published in over 30 countries around the world. Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel is her third novel. She lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband.

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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
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
Subtle and poignant — Good Housekeeping
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
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
The wonder of new beginnings — Prima
An adorable heartfelt story — Nina Pottell, Prima
Vibrant — Nina Pottell, Prima
A novel that looks at how to live life to the full, even if you have suffered tragedy — Daily Mail
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

Extraordinarily wonderful

— The Last Word Book Review
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
A beautiful and inspiring tale that celebrates friendship that I am pretty sure will touch many hearts, it definitely touched mine — Alba in Bookland
Wonderfully warm and uplifting — Portobello Book Blog
She has got an amazing gift of creating such interesting and lovable characters . . . our new queen of heart-warming novels — Waterstones Bromley
What Ruth Hogan does beautifully is deals with really tough themes, but she does it with lightness and humour. She makes you see the joy and optimism in everything — Hannah Beckerman, BBC R2 Sara Cox Bookclub
The poster-child of the "up-lit" trend — The Bookseller
Heartfelt and radiating warmth, it's difficult to not be drawn into this book — Reviews by Chloe
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