Strictly Ballroom

Tales from the Dancefloor

by Diana Melly

  • Published: 05 Nov 2015
  • Price: £10.99
  • Format: Cutdown B Format Hardback
  • Extent: 118p
  • ISBN: 9781780722542
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She was suffering from bereavement, having recently lost her husband George to dementia, and was told that dancing might help. It has done much more than that, opening up a whole new chapter in her life.

In this disarmingly funny and moving book, Melly takes us on a whirlwind tour of modern ‘Ballroom’:from wardrobe mishaps and tea dance etiquette to the perils of Argentine tango and how to stay upright in rough seas on the QE2. We meet her new circle of friends, including her dance teacher, Dino – ‘I’ll teach you, darling; it would be a pleasure.’

Strictly Ballroom is a memoir unstinting in its honesty and glowing with humour and spirit. It will have you reaching for your dancing shoes…

“A book full of life and love, of husbands, dance partners, friends and dogs... There is something to move and enchant on every page.”
Carmen Callil
“Diana Melly's sparkling memoir tells how ballroom dancing transforms her old age. From paso dobles to prison visiting she takes us into her surprising life and lifts our spirits with her wit and candour.”
Joan Bakewell

About Diana Melly

Diana Melly is 78, comes from Essex, loves dancing and lives in Shepard's Bush with her two dogs. She volunteers in a London prison, is a patron of Dignity and Dying and an ambassador for Dementia UK. She has written two novels, published by Duckworth, and a memoir Take a Girl Like Me (Chatto, 2005). She has four grandchildren.