‘Warm and wise’

‘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’

The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes will soften even the hardest of hearts’

‘A whimsical, wistful affair’
Sunday Express

Subtle and poignant’
Good Housekeeping


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 a future, the past comes roaring back … 


Ruth Hogan on the inspiration behind The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes



In the vein of her bestselling debut The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan’s second novel introduces a new 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.


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Ruth Hogan (c) BenCrocker - Two Roads BooksRuth Hogan was born in Bedford, in the house where her parents still live. As a child she read everything she could lay her hands on: her favourite reads were The Moomintrolls, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, the back of cereal packets, and gravestones.

She studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College and then got a ‘proper’ job, but when a car accident left her unable to work full-time, she decided to start writing seriously.

In 2012 she was diagnosed with cancer: as chemo kept her up all night she passed the time writing, and the eventual result was her debut novel The Keeper of Lost Things. The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes is Ruth’s second novel.

She lives in a chaotic Victorian house with an assortment of rescue dogs and her long-suffering husband.

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