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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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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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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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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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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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Loved it, such a powerful story, I could barely put it down ! Highly recommended

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