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The Dressmaker's Daughter
Before writing her bestselling memoir The Waterlily, before her career as a poet, there was the girl from Tumby Bay … The Dressmaker’s Daughter is a candid and exquisitely crafted account of Kate Llewellyn’s life, from her earliest days on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia through to her nursing training, her marriage, life in bohemian Adelaide in the Sixties and Seven ...more
Audiobook, 9 pages
Published 2008 by Louis Braille Audio
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Apr 06, 2016 Ann Tonks rated it liked it · review of another edition
A fascinatingly mixed memoir. The descriptions of early childhood are beautiful. The marriage with Richard remains inpenetrable. The exploration of some key times using old diaries and letters doesn't always work. But sometimes the rush of words remind you that you are entering the world of a poet - and then it's beautiful.
A reasonably enjoyable read, although the title is misleading - the dressmaking aspect is barely mentioned. The early parts of the book contain evocative descriptions of rural 1950s South Australia. Later on, a little too much listing of literary names which meant nothing to me. The author takes a refreshingly honest perspective when looking back.
I became so interested in this lady I had to keep reading. It normally take a while for me to finish a book as I generally have 3 on the go. I recognised names and places as I work at University of Adelaide in the library. Looking forward to hearing the author speak at Adelaide Writer's Week beginning 28/2/15-5/3/15
Kate Llewellyn is the author of nineteen books, including the bestselling The Waterlily: A Blue Mountains Journal and Playing With Water: A Story of a Garden. A distinguished Australian poet, she has published six books of poetry and is the co-editor of The Penguin Book of Australian Women Poets. Her travel books include Lilies, Feathers & Frangipani on the Cook Islands and New Zealand; Angels ...moreMore about Kate Llewellyn...