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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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      3.0

      not bad

      By KJS

      from central coast NSW

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      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
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      • Meandered At Times

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      enjoyable read would recomend it

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      5.0

      A fantastic read

      By Beth D

      from Tamworth, Australia

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

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          4.0

          Unusual read

          By Patrise

          from Canberra

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          • Deserves Multiple Readings
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          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): 0.24
          Edition Number: 1