Before writing her bestselling memoir The Waterlily, before her career as a poet, there was the girl from Tumby Bay ...'the feel of the cold steel of her scissors clipping around my armpits felt dangerous and lovely. the cloth fell in slivers around my socks.' Before writing her bestselling memoir the Waterlily, before her career as a poet, there was the girl from tumby BaBefore writing her bestselling memoir The Waterlily, before her career as a poet, there was the girl from Tumby Bay ...'the feel of the cold steel of her scissors clipping around my armpits felt dangerous and lovely. the cloth fell in slivers around my socks.' 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 Seventies, her time as an art-gallery owner, and the beginning of her journey as a writer. With a poet's touch and with striking honesty, Kate Llewellyn reveals her darkest regrets and heart-warming triumphs. An insightful and elegant self-portrait of one of Australia's best-known and best-loved writers, the Dressmaker's Daughter is also an unforgettable and evocative account of a time when everything seemed possible....
|Title||:||The Dressmaker's Daughter|
|Format Type||:||trade paperback|
|Number of Pages||:||448 Pages|
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The Dressmaker's Daughter Reviews
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
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.
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.
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.
Poetically written. A memoir about the life of a well-known Australian poet.
Haunting & unforgettable!
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.
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.