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Margery Blandon was always a principled woman who found guidance from the wisdom of desktop calendars. She lived quietly in Gold Street, Brunswick for sixty years until events drove her to the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel. As she waits for the crowds in the atrium far below to disperse, she contemplates what went wrong; her best friend kept an astonishing secret from her and she can't trust the home help. Its possible her firstborn son has betrayed her, that her second son, Morris, might have committed a crime, her only daughter is trying to kill her and her dead sister Cecily helped her to this, her final downfall. Even worse, it seems Margerys life-long neighbour and enemy now demented always knew the truth. There Should be More Dancing' is a story of Margery's reckonings on loyalty, grief and love.
From the author of The Dressmaker comes the story of 80 year old Margery Blandon who, since her marriage, has lived in the same workman’s cottage in a not-so-salubrious Melbourne suburb. Having decided it’s time to kill herself, she has booked a room on the 43rd floor of the Tropic Hotel, and plans to throw herself into the atrium when the crowds have dispersed. While waiting in her room, she reminisces about her life, her family, her neighbours and her friends. This is by turn charming, funny, poignant, and peopled with some very colourful characters. As she did in The Dressmaker, Ham gives each and every one of her characters a life of their own, and all of them are people you know and recognize. Keep a look out for this one in July: highly recommended.