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Publisher's Summary

I can vividly remember the last steps of the last ballet, walking off the stage led by a mother and knowing the decision I had to make. That was my last dance.

Mary Li (née McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband, Li Cunxin, published his best-selling memoir, Mao's Last Dancer - but that book told only half the story. 

Growing up in a rambunctious family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an extraordinary early passion for ballet. It saw her move to London at age 16, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with the likes of Nureyev and later to Houston Ballet, where as principal dancer she fell in love with the acclaimed Chinese ballet dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world and were happier than they could have imagined at the arrival of their firstborn daughter, Sophie.

Then right at the height of her international career, Mary seemingly disappeared from view, leaving the fans aghast. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed, so talented, to give it all away in a heartbeat? Now, almost 20 years on, fans finally get their answer about what happened next to this inspiring family and learn why it is Mary's turn to tell a truly remarkable tale. 

Mary's Last Dance is a powerful and uplifting memoir about chasing an impossible dream and sacrificing one's own ambition for the love of a child. It is a moving and unforgettable story of passion, dedication and devotion - and the highly anticipated sequel to one of the world's most beloved books.

©2020 Mary Li (P)2020 Penguin Random House Audio

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Best story ever!

Im lost for words! Please just listen to this book it is AMAZING 🤩 If you loved Mao’s last dance this book will fulfil everything. Loved loved loved this story A++++++++

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I true star

Loved It. I laughed, cried and was totally immersed in this book. The insight into the ballet world was so enlightening.
Cannot speak more highly of this book. This is a must read! (or listen to, as I did)

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Captivating from start to finish

Couldn’t stop myself, I binged this one! Powerful, captivating and all the more amazing for it being a true story and not fiction. Highly recommended listening.

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Best book in 2021

I enjoyed reading Mao’s Last Dancer so was very interested in learning about his wife, Mary’s life. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Mary’s Last Dance was well written and well read.
Besides learning about Mary’s life before meeting Lee I learned so much about the struggles of being deaf, signing, and cochlear implants
I highly recommend this book!!

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brilliant in every way

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed and were glued to your beautiful story and the way it was shared with so much emotion and connection . WE feel like we know you all and we’re so sad when the book ended as we would love to hear more about your children and when lockdown is over we intend coming to Queensland to see one of Li’s ballets x Thank you

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Thoroughly enjoyable even through the moments of tears

The Li family members have packed so much into their lives. Whilst there are the moments of achievement, the story is about relationships. I wasn’t prepared for how envious I would be of their sense of family and connection.

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Brilliant book

Such a heartfelt book that taught me so much about the deaf world and the struggles for them. I loved this book. Well done Mary. ♥️♥️

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I found this book very impressive and loved hearing about the beautiful Lee family and all of that fun and dramas

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A wonderful account of family and ballet.

Loved every moment of this audiobook. Whether you are a ballet aficionado or not this book will speak to you in many ways. It is a story of human aspirations for excellence and a loving account of a family and their love for one another.

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So very moving

I felt every feeling imaginable throughout this book. So beautifully written and so inspiring. What an amazing woman

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