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Lucy Ashe

Episode 131

Lucy Ashe

Lucy Ashe is the author of the historical fiction novel Clara & Olivia, published in the UK in 2023 by Oneworld Publications. Her novel is entitled The Dance of the Dolls in the US and Canada, published by Union Square & Co, and described by Publishers Weekly as a ‘fiercely memorable debut from a writer to watch.’ Her second ballet-themed historical novel, The Sleeping Beauties, will be published in 2024.
Lucy Ashe

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Sugar Plum

Sugar Plum

Set during the Second World War, the story combines historical details about the challenges of putting on ballet performances in London during the war, with a fictional tale where magic and reality intermingle during a production of Casse Noisette.

When rehearsals began for Casse Noisette, Theodore Frost couldn’t help thinking that Marie le Sansonnet would be a much better Mouse King than Sugar Plum Fairy. All that rushing around, thinking herself royalty, demanding hot drinks sweetened with sugar that certainly...

Lucy Ashe

Lucy Ashe

The author discusses her novels, inspiration and favourite moments of history.
Lucy Ashe

Lucy Ashe, what prompted you to choose the period that you wrote your first book in? I knew I wanted my novel to be set at a time of new beginnings for British Ballet, and the early 1930s was an important transitional time. Ninette de Valois founded the Vic-Wells...

From Stage to Page

From Stage to Page

The debut novelist describes the ballets that inspired her.
Lucy Ashe

When planning Clara & Olivia, I knew I wanted the setting of the novel to be a 1933 production of Coppélia performed by the Vic-Wells Ballet at Sadler’s Wells theatre. However, by the time I had finished writing the novel, many more ballets had found their way...