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The Dressmaker - Rosalie Ham

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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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      4.0

      funny, sad and quirky

      By Kazcrawf

      from South Australia

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          Comments about The Dressmaker:

          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.

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          3.0

          not bad

          By KJS

          from central coast NSW

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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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              • Difficult To Follow
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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): 0.24
              Edition Number: 1