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The Dressmaker by [Ham, Rosalie]
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A best-selling novel about haute couture and emotional survival in the Victorian wheatlands.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3565 KB
  • Print Length: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Duffy & Snellgrove (1 November 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FI75UXM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Rosalie Ham's heroine, Tilly, returns to the small Australian rural town of her childhood having travelled the world. Harbouring bad memories from long ago, she weaves her own special magic, just as she creates amazing courtier for the townsfolk. She returns to attend to her elderly mother, stays despite being inflicted with the same disproval the parochial town folk subjected her to when she was shunned as a young child. Despite Tilly returning as an accomplished dressmaker, unrecognisable and sophisticated most of the town treats her with suspicion and continue to circulate gossip. The story with its colourful characters has a very Australian flavour. Despite the resentment she faces she manages to gain the admiration and friendship of Sergeant Farrat, the town’s policeman who is also a mysterious character with his own secrets. Local football star, Teddy is also enchanted by Tilly and although their romance flourishes it also brings a host of surprises.
Although the story delivers light hearted moments and the satisfaction of Tilly’s revenge, it is laced with dark humour. I will however see the movie as soon as possible as the fashion will be to die for!
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Great story, you can really connect to the characters. Unusually close to the movie, which was good....loved the fashion
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A good character study of a small country town. Darkly funny, with a great heroine, and excellent clothes. I've re-read this several times.
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Great Story loved it
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This not the type of literature I would normally read, but I fell for the advertising. However, it is written well nonetheless, so I opted for 4 stars (3 & a half was not available) because of the quality of the writing and the atmosphere, not the story itself.
To be fair to the author, what I should mention is that the subject that Rosalie Ham is writing about (fabrics, dressmaking etc) is undoubtedly from an expert perspective, or at least she makes it seem that way. 5 Stars there.
There is a bizarre, carnival, merry-go-round feel to the entire novel. The writing is very descriptive, the small town characters strangely fascinating and the novel is peppered with lots of scenes of a carnal nature, executed with great penmanship.
There is a little satire too, to bring some light to the starkness and peculiar Australian Gothica style (if that is even a thing).
There are only two problems that are glaring issues for me.
I am, personally, fairly knowledgeable with dressmaking and costumes (I worked as a ballet dancer in the theatre for many years)but I was lost some of the time in the jargon, dressmaking and fabrics etc. So, anyone reading this with little knowledge on the subject might find themselves struggling to comprehend and reaching for the Encyclopaedia of dressmaking.
And two: the ending, for me, didn't work.
However, if you enjoy the other things I mentioned, it is an otherwise sound novel and a quick read.
Sergiu Pobereznic (author)
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The characters are quirky but too numerous. The humor is dry and appropriate for the setting - I enjoyed that. The romance is well crafted and there is heartbreaking sadness. I loved it almost all the way through, but towards the end it lost its way. The story is there, but the writing is not as well-polished and seems a little rushed. This could be one of those rare books where the movie version is better.
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Really enjoyed it,a lot of characters to take in,confusing at first keeping up with them. But overall easy to read didn't want to put it done too often. Can't wait to see the film with Kate Winslett . Nothing like a good Aussie novel followed by a film.
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Very interesting read ,made you laugh and cry at the same time.Felt sorry for old Molly the mum.Cannot wait for the film to come out and see the fashions on the ladies, some of the descriptions about the ladies not very complementary.Couldn't put my ereader down
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