Despite her natural reserve, she meets a rich variety of passengers travelling with her, who affect her understanding of her own past. Most significantly, she meets Dino, the dance host, whose motives in befriending Vi are shady, but who teaches her to ballroom dance – and inadvertently helps her to recover from her past.
Moving between the late sixties and the present day, ‘Dancing Backwards’ is written with the lightness of touch and psychological insight which characterise Salley Vickers’ acclaimed work. This bittersweet novel is subtle, poignant and wonderfully entertaining.
‘Salley Vickers has a gift for making the most unlikely settings for fiction absolutely compelling…peerless story telling.’
‘”Dancing Backwards” is a delightful read – comic, sad, tender and utterly engrossing.’
— Lisa O’Kelly, Observer
‘Packs a surprising emotional and intellectual punch….a wonderfully satisfying, richly rewarding journey for the reader.’
— The Times