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Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker Hardcover – March 1, 2012


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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007456816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007456819
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,554,306 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Thelma built her dressmaking business from the ground up. After being left with nothing after a divorce she started making and selling dresses on a market stall in Liverpool. One day a traveller woman asked her to make some dresses and before she knew it she had dozens of traveller women asking for the same thing, and so began her dressmaking business. Thelma now owns Nico's Dressmakers in Liverpool and is the designer favoured by travellers around the country, many of whom travel hundreds of miles to have her make their wedding, christening and communion dresses. Thelma lives in Liverpool and has four children (a son and three daughters), the youngest of which still lives at home with her and her partner Dave.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carola Muller Sadeghian on September 6, 2012
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I have been fascinated by the "Great Big Gypsy Weddings' series and the subsequent 'Thelma's Gypsy Girls.' In this biography we learn of the trials and tribulations that led Thelma Madine to become the now world famous dressmaker to the gypsies and travellers, and get a rare insight into the world of the gypsy brides we have met on the Channel 4 program. Well written, with a warm human touch.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sabrina Rutter on September 1, 2012
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If you have watched 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding' then you would remember Thelma Madine as the dress maker on the show. She makes unbelievable, extravagant, huge breathtakingly beautiful dresses, with some of them weighing more than the person wearing them! In 'Tales of the Gypsy Dressmaker' she shares the story of how she ended up becoming one of the most sought after dress makers by the travellers, and gypsies!

This book was so much fun to read! I actually found myself laughing out loud a few times! You would think when you get to the part where she tells about first entering prison that you would feel moved to tears, but Thelma takes this depressing situation, and turns it into a humorous one.

the only reason I didn't give this book five stars was because there was a lot of repetitiveness, though there did seem to be less of it towards the end. It still didn't take away from this being a very enjoyable read.
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This could have been a lovely story about her dresses and the clients, so much other stuff found its way into the book though
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By Heather Sutherland on November 23, 2013
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Thelma Madine writes well, keeps the pace up and shows her true spirit. I hadn't seen much of the Gypsy Wedding programme so enjoyed her story. Like many of us, she has had her ups and downs and come out on top, showing her grit and determination. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
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This book follows the writers elaborate dress making part in the "Gypsy" series.. I found her life interesting, but seemed to skim the surface of what really was happening with her many different Gypsy encounters. No expansion on what we already knew.
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It wasn't anything we havent heard about or read about in the programmes or the programme news. A really disappointing read.
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