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Issue Details: First known date: 2020... 2020 Mary's Last Dance
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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 (nee McKendry) is an international ballet star and a mother like no other. She became a household name when her husband Li Cunxin published his bestselling 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 sixteen, 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 twenty 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.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Viking , 2020 .
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      Extent: 352p.
      Reprinted: 19 Oct 2021 paperback
      Note/s:
      • Published 29th September 2020
      ISBN: 9780143789710

Works about this Work

Mother’s Love to Stop Dancing Sharon Verghis , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10 April 2021; (p. 14)

— Review of Mary's Last Dance Mary Li , 2020 single work autobiography
Echoes : The Untold Story of Mary Li Jacqueline Kent , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of Mary's Last Dance Mary Li , 2020 single work autobiography

'The cover of this book tells you pretty much what to expect. It shows the dancer Li Cunxin, evidently at rehearsal, facing the camera while over his shoulder peeps his wife, Mary. Add the subtitle, that this is the ‘untold story’ of Li Cunxin’s wife, with a foreword by the man himself, and it’s clear that this book might not have seen the light of day without the phenomenal success of Mao’s Last Dancer, published in 2003 and later made into a well-received film (Bruce Beresford, 2009). Even the title has echoes of its predecessor.' (Introduction)

Echoes : The Untold Story of Mary Li Jacqueline Kent , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December no. 427 2020;

— Review of Mary's Last Dance Mary Li , 2020 single work autobiography

'The cover of this book tells you pretty much what to expect. It shows the dancer Li Cunxin, evidently at rehearsal, facing the camera while over his shoulder peeps his wife, Mary. Add the subtitle, that this is the ‘untold story’ of Li Cunxin’s wife, with a foreword by the man himself, and it’s clear that this book might not have seen the light of day without the phenomenal success of Mao’s Last Dancer, published in 2003 and later made into a well-received film (Bruce Beresford, 2009). Even the title has echoes of its predecessor.' (Introduction)

Mother’s Love to Stop Dancing Sharon Verghis , 2021 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 10 April 2021; (p. 14)

— Review of Mary's Last Dance Mary Li , 2020 single work autobiography
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