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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 The Dressmaker
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Dungatar is a small town like any other in the Victorian wheatlands - except that the women dress like Paris models. This is the story of the exotic Tilly, a talented and beautiful misfit, who returns from Europe to Dungatar to nurse her mad old mother. Her reappearance after twenty years is met with suspicion and malice from the eccentric locals until they discover her startling dressmaking skills. Gradually, she wins over the town with her fabulous creations. Then she falls in love and things start to go terribly wrong. (Source: Trove)

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Dressmaker Jocelyn Moorhouse , ( dir. Jocelyn Moorhouse ) Australia : Film Art Media , 2015 6320906 2015 single work film/TV

“You can’t keep anything secret here,” said the old woman. “Everybody knows everything about everyone but no one ever tittle tattles because then someone else’ll tell on them. But you don’t matter – it’s open slather on outcasts.”

'The Dressmaker is a bittersweet tragi-comedy about a glamorous young woman who returns, after many years in Europe, to her small home town in rural Australia in order to right some wrongs from the past. When Tilly comes home, she not only heals her ailing mother, but with her sewing machine, and haute couture style, transforms the women of the town in such a way that she gets sweet revenge on those who did her wrong. She also falls unexpectedly in love, which leads to her greatest loss, and her most destructive deed.' (Producer's abstract)

Notes

  • 'Rosalie Ham’s first novel, The Dressmaker, (Duffy and Snellgrove, Sydney) was published in 2000, and as of March 2007, has sold over 55,000 copies in Australia, as well as Germany and France and continues to sell. The Dressmaker was short listed for the 2001 Christina Stead prize for fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary awards, nominated for Vision Australia’s Braille Book of the year as well as the Booksellers Association book of the year award. In 2007, The Dressmaker came second in the State Library of Victoria’s poll for most popular novel set in Victoria. It is available on tape and CD, was on the CAE book club list as well as the VCE Readers list for Literature (2002-2012) and continues to be set in some schools for English Literature for year 11 students at schools through out Victoria.' (Source: http://filmartmedia.com/?p=721)

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia:

    Type of disability Unspecified mental illness.
    Type of character Secondary.
    Point of view Third person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Potts Point, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Duffy and Snellgrove , 2000 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 296p.
      ISBN: 1875989706
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Duffy and Snellgrove , 2015 .
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      Extent: 296p.
      Note/s:
      • Published: 8th September 2015
      ISBN: 9780992334468
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Serpent's Tail ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: 295 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 5th November 2015.
      ISBN: 1846689945, 9781846689949 (pbk)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Penguin Books ,
      2015 .
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      Extent: 295 p.p.
      ISBN: 9780143129066, 0143129066, 0698194802, 9780698194809
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
      c
      Americas,
      :
      Thorndike Press ,
      2016 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 381 p.p.
      ISBN: 1410487695, 9781410487698
Language: French
    • Mouries,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Le Fil Invisible ,
      2003 .
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      Alternative title: Plates coutures
      Extent: 316p.
      ISBN: Plates coutures 2843150302
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Pocket ,
      2017 .
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      Alternative title: La vengeance secrète de Tilly
      Extent: 373 p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 7 September 2017.
      ISBN: 2266270257, 9782266270250

Other Formats

  • Sound recording.
  • Braille.
  • Large print.

Works about this Work

When Rosalie Met Kate Sarah Marinos , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 October 2015; (p. 15)
Fear and Clothing Rosalie Ham , 2015 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 October 2015; (p. 8-9)
Australian author Rosalie Hamcharts her journey from the Riverina to the red carpet.
‘The Dressmaker,’ by Rosalie Ham Kate Clanchy , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 16 August 2015; (p. 20)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel
The Jerilderie Letters Michelle Griffin , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 November 2005; (p. 24)
Summer at Mount Hope was partly inspired by the letters exchanged between the author's paternal grandfather, a wool classer from Jerilderie, in NSW, and her grandmother, a Victorian farm girl.
Life and Art and the Thin Line Between Rosalie Ham , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 27 April 2002; (p. 5)
The Objects of Their Desire Michelle Griffin , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 8 October 2000; (p. 11)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel ; The Waiters Martin Armiger , 2000 single work novel
Rippling Chaos Thuy On , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 225 2000; (p. 44-45)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel ; Black Hearts Arlene J. Chai , 2000 single work novel
Perversely Attractive Diana Simmonds , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 October 2000; (p. 12)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel ; The Hidden Candida Baker , 2000 single work novel
Paperbacks with Lesley Beasley Lesley Beasley , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 29 October 2000; (p. 50)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel ; Goose Girl Joy Dettman , 2000 single work novel ; The Glass Heart Katerina Cosgrove , 2000 single work novel ; The Waiters Martin Armiger , 2000 single work novel
In Short : New Releases Debra Adelaide , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 28 October 2000; (p. 14)

— Review of The Dressmaker Rosalie Ham , 2000 single work novel ; Chick for a Day : What Would You Do If You Were One? 2000 anthology short story poetry
The Jerilderie Letters Michelle Griffin , 2005 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 20 November 2005; (p. 24)
Summer at Mount Hope was partly inspired by the letters exchanged between the author's paternal grandfather, a wool classer from Jerilderie, in NSW, and her grandmother, a Victorian farm girl.
An Accidental Author Karen Kissane , 2001 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 24 March 2001; (p. 3)
Life and Art and the Thin Line Between Rosalie Ham , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 27 April 2002; (p. 5)
Fear and Clothing Rosalie Ham , 2015 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10-11 October 2015; (p. 8-9)
Australian author Rosalie Hamcharts her journey from the Riverina to the red carpet.
When Rosalie Met Kate Sarah Marinos , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 October 2015; (p. 15)
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