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From the author of the Amazon UK Top 5 Bestselling Novel The Dress...
Ever wondered what would happen if you were to just step out of your life for a while? What do you do when your life just doesn't feel like the right fit anymore?

Elena has a career, a husband and a house in London. Everything that you're supposed to want. So why doesn't it feel like enough?

Meanwhile, the
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ebook, 95 pages
Published (first published July 24th 2011)
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Rachel Burton
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Downloaded and gobbled up within two hours. I didn't mean to read it in one sitting but Sophie's prose is addictive, dragging you down into Elena's world as she desperately tries to escape the mundanity, the entrapment of her ordinary life - career, husband, mortgage.

Will stir the belly of anyone who has asked "is this it?" and has taken a step down the yellow brick road to seeking something else.

Thank you Sophie, it's beautiful.
Laura Elliott
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
We all have dark times. And what Sophie Nicholls does so well is to capture the way so many people feel and yet don't act upon. Take this unexpected journey with Elena, who one day buys a pair of Ruby Slippers, and you will discover that when you know what you want and you act on it, you might not end up where you expected, but at least you aren't a stranger to yourself when you get there. Sophie's prose is fluid, forthright and poetic. Sometimes riveting, sometimes raw and always thought-provok ...more
Sue
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is most unusual. There is lots about it I really like. The style is different and therefore captivating. The story is gripping. Similar to Before I Go To Sleep.

Its only a novella. Won't take long to finish.

I have now finished. I enjoyed it. I didn't give it 5 stars because I found the style a bit too confusing in places, but overall it's very worth reading. I have this authors latest work which I will.have to read soon to see how it measures up.
Sue Thompson
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've given this 5 stars even though I'm somewhat confused by this book, to the point where I don't even really know how to write a review for it, so instead here are my thoughts...
It starts clearly, it ends clearly, but the middle is so confusing. Maybe it was me, I'm pretty sure it was Elena, but maybe I'm supposed to feel confused by it. I think that may be the point of the book, and I think I'm supposed to feel a little how Elena does. If that is the case then Sophie Nicholls did a superb jo
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**✿❀ Maki ❀✿**
Ruby Slippers reminded me very much of a story in lines of The Yellow Wallpaper, or The Awakening - it's not so much a story as it is a study of a psychological disorder. In the case of Ruby Slippers, that would be a dissociative fugue. In a fugue state, a person will forget their previous life, developing a form of amnesia. They'll create an entirely new persona, and occasionally wander off and create a new life for themselves. Fugues can last weeks or years depending on the case. This story is ...more
Eleri
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
A very unusual read. Intriguing. Difficult to follow, but beautifully written in parts. I wonder whether reader confusion is intentional as Elena's confusion is evident. I found I enjoyed the last few pages most as it all becomes clear, almost want to read it again actually - and may do.
Gayle
Sep 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
I picked this one up following the review of a friend of a friend. It was ok but it jumped around a bit and I do like my books to be easy to follow! It's very short though so read in a very short space of time.
Maggie White
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this story. Sometimes feel like Ruby did and want to start a new life. Once I got used to the style and worked out which character was talking I found it so easy to read.
Lisa
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Not good at all. Think it was a waste of money.
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Sophie Nicholls is a best-selling author and an award-winning poet based in York in the North of England.

She teaches Creative Writing at Teesside University and is Programme Leader of the MA Creative Writing by Online/Distance Learning.

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