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The Dressmaker's Daughter

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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
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Published 2008 by Louis Braille Audio
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Ann Tonks
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.
Jul 31, 2015 Skyler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am smitten with Kate Llewellyn so anything that reveals more of herself gets five stars. If I had not read her other books first, this would not have drawn me into her world like the others did.
Lisa Humphries
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.
Margaret Galbraith
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
For an autobiography it wasn't long and sleep worthy. Actually kept me interested to skip some chapters and keep moving through. Which is surprising, as I usually detest autobiographies and the like.
Jan 18, 2011 Kerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit slow, but not as revealing of Kate Llewellyn as a person as I would have liked, as she's obviously lived an interesting life. She's given what feels like a very muted picture of herself.
Sep 19, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Debbie by: Perth Writers Festival
Poetically written. A memoir about the life of a well-known Australian poet.
Janet George
Aug 14, 2012 Janet George rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Haunting & unforgettable!
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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 ...more
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