About the book
Billy's mother is dead, and his father and brother are fiercely involved in a bitter miners' strike that has split the local community.
Billy's father wants his son to learn boxing, like he did, and his father before him. But Billy is fascinated by the grace and magic of ballet and is determined to dance his way to a different future.
Telling the story from the differing viewpoints, Melvin Burgess has captured the spirit of the original film screenplay while demonstrating the skill he showed in his award-winning novel, Junk.
“... the novel stands alone as a compelling and moving story.”
“A writer of the highest quality with exceptional powers of insight.”
“ ... will make reading as non-wimpish as Billy made ballet ... Full marks to Melvin Burgess.”
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