The Dressmaker is a Gothic novel written by the Australian author Rosalie Ham, and is Ham's A special film tie-in edition of the novel, featuring a new book cover with Winslet as the titular character, was released worldwide from August to . Start by marking “The Dressmaker” as Want to Read: A darkly satirical novel of love, revenge, and s haute couture—now a major motion picture starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving. Myrtle and Molly Dunnage were the outcasts in Dungatar, Australia. The Dressmaker: A Novel [Rosalie Ham] on Discover delightful children's books with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers new books.

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The Dressmaker is an Australian gothic novel of love, hate and haute couture. Sometime Shortlisted, Book of the Year Award – Booksellers Association ( ). Quick Answer: While much of the scenes and dialogue in Jocelyn Moorhouse's film adaptation of The Dressmaker are taken verbatim from. The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham tells the tale of a talented seamstress, returning home to her small town after years away with salacious and scandelous.

Tilly considers herself cursed, unable to find happiness, bringing discord, destruction and death to those around her in the manner of a fairy tale witch. She even quotes the witches of Hamlet to some of the townspeople, reciting the spell they cast to drive Hamlet mad.

And it is only when she embraces her perceived witch-self that Tilly comes into her own, leaving behind the curse that she felt ruled her life and casting chaos over the town of Dungatar. In the end she takes the unaccepted road, embracing her exclusion, living wildly and unapologetically, and destroying the rubbish that stood in the way of her happiness her whole life.

The Dressmaker a straightforward story with a cast of fascinating characters written in simple prose.

If you have only seen the film I urge you to read the book. The peripheral characters in the town of Dungatar are barely introduced in the film; their stories are laid out in bare, gritty detail in the book, and their motivations throughout the story are much clearer.

Tilly was bullied at school as a bastard and is snubbed by everyone now. Mum is all she has.

Tilly discovers her mother is a scrawny, filthy, raving lunatic, determined to cause trouble. During the course of the book, we watch Tilly scrub, clean, cook and gradually clean both her mother and the house.

As mother gets a bit healthier, she becomes a little less crazed.

Still nutty, but not quite as vicious. There were too many townsfolk and connections for me to keep track of, but some stood out, particularly the despised, impoverished McSwiney family. Teddy Liam Hemsworth at the football game There are other minor plot points that are altered or omitted in the film.

Gertrude becomes pregnant in the book, but this is left out in the film. In the film, Barney tells Teddy what he saw the day Stewart Pettyman died.

The vengeful climax also differs between the film and its source material. In the book, Tilly suggests the competitive Eisteddfod.

At the end of the book, Sergeant Farrat is left with the rest of the townspeople as Dungatar burns to the ground. While revenge is a central theme in both works, the book is primarily a gothic romance and drama.She seemed strong, but damaged. In the film, Barney tells Teddy what he saw the day Stewart Pettyman died.

In the twenty-something years since she left she became a highly trained seamstress, working for designers in the fashion houses of Europe.

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Quirky characters in what appears to be a typical, very small, country town in Victoria. His assistant aims him out the shop door, gives him a shove, and he chugs across the road, head down, to his wife, who holds out a cushion for his head to run into and stop him. Under the surface, however, it is the story of women being scapegoated in a society that will only tolerate them for their material worth; in this case, creating beautiful fashion.

Marigold then murders her husband and attempts to commit suicide using the same drug her husband used on her. Having committed herself to symbolic, one-dimensional characters, Ham has no choice but to produce florid quantities of story, shuffling and reshuffling her highly colored cards. Sergeant Farrat arranged for her to go to a Melbourne boarding school, from where she began her dressmaking education.