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The Dressmaker - Rosalie Ham

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Published: 1st September 2000
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After twenty years away, Myrtle "Tilly" Dunnage returns to Dungatar. Dungatar is a small country town, where the townspeople's eccentricities are many and varied – from Sergeant Farrat's predilection for cross-dressing, to pharmacist Almanac's retributive scheme of potion dispensing, not to forget the affairs and assorted dark secrets.

But none of these can compare to the sin of Tilly and her mother: to have come from somewhere else. At first ostracised, the townspeople gradually accept her in order to make use of her extraordinary dressmaking skills and at last, Tilly feels that she might have found home.

But small towns are strange places, where vanity rules and, once again reviled, she sets out to teach the town a lesson. In the process she faces the ghosts of her past, and wreaks a havoc that provides a most satisfying revenge.

About the Author

Rosalie Ham was born, and raised in Jerilderie, NSW, Australia. She completed her secondary education at St Margaret's School, Berwick in 1972. After travelling and working at a variety of jobs (including aged care) for most of her twenties, Rosalie completed a Bachelor of Education majoring in Drama and Literature (Deakin University, 1989), and achieved a Master of Arts, Creative Writing (RMIT, Melbourne) in 2007. Her first novel, The Dressmaker was published in 2000. Her second novel, Summer at Mount Hope was published in 2005. Rosalie has also had stories published in Meanjin, The Age, The Bulletin and Invisible Ink. When she is not writing, Rosalie teaches literature.

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4.1

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4.0

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      Odd story, not quite what you expect. Some explicit goings on and many surprises. all in all I enjoyed it.

       
      4.0

      Good read!

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        Service is good

         
        4.0

        Wonderful characterization

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          Comments about The Dressmaker:

          Beautifully written first book with such engaging characters that you feel as if you have already met them somewhere on your life's path.

           
          5.0

          Very Enjoyable!!!

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            Comments about The Dressmaker:

            Great read always enjoy the books much better than the movies especially if you have a good use of your imagination.
            Easy page turner, once you start you wont stop!

            Enjoy!!!

             
            4.0

            funny, sad and quirky

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                I loved this book with its quirky characters. It is like a cross between the tv show 'A Place To Call Home' and the Joy Dettman Woody Creek series.
                I started it late one night and had to finish the next day before my life could move on.

                 
                3.0

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                enjoyable read would recomend it

                 
                5.0

                A fantastic read

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                    A great read. I highly recommend this book. Terrific, surprising ending.

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                    Comments about The Dressmaker:

                    This was a surprising little book, full of engaging characters, humour, tragedy and revenge! Small town characters at their worst! My Mum (84) loved it! Reminded her of Beechworth pre WW2.

                    i couldn't put it down. I can imagine it made into a movie with Geoffry Rush as the cross dressing policeman. Recommended

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                    ISBN: 9781875989706
                    ISBN-10: 1875989706
                    Audience: General
                    Format: Paperback
                    Language: English
                    Number Of Pages: 304
                    Published: 1st September 2000
                    Publisher: Duffy and Snellgrove
                    Country of Publication: AU
                    Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0  x 2.0
                    Weight (kg): 0.28
                    Edition Number: 1