The Dressmaker

Duffy & Snellgrove

The Dressmaker is an Australian gothic novel of love, hate and haute couture. Sometime in the 1950s, Tilly Dunnage, a Paris couturier, returns to her home town of Dungatar having been expelled as a ten year old. Her intention is to visit her mad mother Molly then leave. Instead, she stays, colliding with her past and exacting revenge upon the people who pilloried her. When she does depart, she leaves behind a town ruined, and another past to flee.

Rosalie Ham’s first novel, The Dressmaker has now been made into a film starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving.

Worldwide film première, 2015 Toronto International Film Festival 
Film rights awarded, Film Art Media (2010)
Finalist, State Library of Victoria’s Most Popular Novel (2007)
Shortlisted, The Christina Stead Prize for Fiction (2001)
Shortlisted, Book of the Year Award – Booksellers Association (2001)
Featured, CAE Book Club List
Prescribed, VCE Literature List
Bestseller, The Age Fiction List

“Rosalie Ham’s The Dressmaker was one of those rare first novels that arrived virtually unannounced…and gathered momentum largely by word of mouth to become a bestseller and book club favourite. Ham writes delightfully rich set pieces and descriptive passages…Ham’s eye for the absurd, the comical and the poignant are highly tuned. It is a first novel to be proud of, and definitely one to savour and enjoy. ”
Diana Simmonds, The Weekend Australian

“A writer with strong visual gifts and a pleasingly sour sense of humour.”
Michelle Griffin, The Age

“A feral version of Sea Change”
Sydney Morning Herald