ANNA HOPE studied English at Oxford, attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, and then received an M.A. in creative writing at Birkbeck, University of London. She lives in London. Her first novel, Wake, was a finalist for the National Book Awards and the Historical Writers' Association's Debut Crown Award. Hope's second novel, The Ballroom, is inspired by the true story of her great-great-grandfather who emigrated from Ireland. Follow her on Twitter @Anna_Hope. The author lives in London, UK.