The Dressmaker

h3TheDressmakerh3pemldquoTravellerscrossingthewheatshyyellowplainstoDungatarwouldfirstnoticeadarkblotshimmeringattheedgeoftheflatness.Furtherdowntheasphalttheshapewouldemergeasahill.OntopofTheHillsatashabbybrownweatherboardleaningprovocativelyonthegrassycurve...AtnightlightfromthehousecouldbeseenfromthesurroundingplainsndashashakybeaconinavastblackseawinkingfromthehomeofMadMolly.OnewinternightMyrtleDunnagesearchedforthelightfromhermotherrsquoshousethroughthewindscreenofagreyhoundbus.rdquoembrbrSobeginsamodernAustralianclassicthetaleofMyrtlelsquoTillyrsquoDunnagersquosreturntothesmallVictoriantownofherchildhood.AftershewaswronglyblamedfortheaccidentaldeathofayoungclassmateTillywasforcedtoleaveDungatarfirstforMelbourneandthenEuropewhereshetrainedasadressmakerandearnedherselfaformidablereputationamongthefashionhousesofParis.Sheputstheseskillstogooduseonherreturnwhippingupcouturecreationsforthetownsfolkandearningtheirgrudgingrespectinreturn.brbrButwhentragedystrikesTillyiswronglyblamedoncemoreandsheandMadMollybecomeoutcastsyetagain.ThistimeTillywilltakeherrevengeplottingwhilesheshearsandhemsstitchesandsewsagainsteveryonewhohaswrongedherfamily.brbrTheDressmakerisadarklycomicstoryaboutsmalltownsandthecharacterswholiveinthemanovelaboutloverevengeandhautecouture.brbrstrongRosalieHamstronggrewupinJerilderieNSWandworkedinagedcarebeforewritingTheDressmakerwhichwentontosellmorethan75000copies.TheideaforafilmadaptationcamefromanencounterwithanoldschoolfriendproducerSueMaslinJapaneseStoryandthepairsawtheiridearealisedin2015broughttolifebydirectorJocelynMoorhouseProofAThousandAcresandstarringKateWinsletHugoWeavingLiamHemsworthJudyDavisRebeccaGibneyandShaneJacobson.brbrRosaliehaswrittentwoothercriticallyacclaimednovelsSummeratMountHopeandThereShouldbeMoreDancing.ShelivesinVictoria.brbrstrongTheDressmakerstrongbrNobleWordsbrAuthorRosalieHambrRRP22.99brbrbrph3InterviewwithRosalieHamh3pstrongQuestionstrongWhatinspiredyoutowriteTheDressmakerbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongTheDressmakerstartedoutasanideaforashortstoryorperhapsaplaybutnevergotaroundtowritingit.TheideabecameanovelwhentheteacheratRMITtoldustowritedownin500wordswhatournovelwasgoingtobeabout.IhadenrolledinnovelclassbecauseIthoughtwronglythatweweregoingtostudylotsofnovelsverycloselyratherthanlearntowritethem.TheDressmakerwasanaccidentbutafterafewweeksIknewIwasintherightclass.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongSuspicionmaliceandprejudicearethroughoutthebook.WhatsgoingonwiththisbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongSuspicionmaliceandprejudicearethreethingsIfindannoyingabouthumansbutitsrifeamongallofus.Ihatethepettynastytinymindbutatthesametimeitcanbeveryobservantshyjustnotaparticularlyniceobservation.InthisbookIrsquomattemptingtoshowhowdestructiveandridiculousitcanbe.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongDidyougrowupinatownlikeDungatarbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongIgrewupinasmallcountrytownjustlikeanyothersmallcountrytownshythereweretheusualtypesthetowngossipthesexualdeviantthesecretcrossdresserthesnobshyandthereisasmatteringofhypocrisyandbigotryasinanycommunity.Insmallruralcommunitiesyouareconsciousofandcushionedbyasocietyinwhichyoueithersucceedorfailverypublicly.MyparentsdivorcedinthefullglareofscrutinywhenIwasyoungbutIdidnrsquotfeelinsecureoraloneforverylongshytherewasawholetownthatIknewandwhoknewmeandaneighbourhoodthatwatchedoutforeachother.Peopleinsmallcommunitiescanbeveryforgivingandtolerantbutifyoudothewrongthingtheywillletyouknow.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongHowlongwastheprocessofwritingitbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongIwrotethenovelover3years.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhendoyouwritebrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongIwriteinthemorningandonceIstartItendtokeepgoinguntilIstartwritinggibberish.IalsowriteinmyheadrandomlysoIkeepanotepadandpenbymybedinmybagandinthecartomakenotesasmostwritersdo.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhoinfluencesyourwritingbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongImnotsurewhoIaminfluencedby.Imabiteclectic.IloveCormacMcCarthyandIalsolikeAnneTylertonamebuttwo.IloveUnderMilkwoodandIalsolovepoetsandsongwritersbecausetheytellbigstoriesusingfewwordsandyouarelefttoimaginewhatrsquosnotsaid.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongWhatbitsofyouareinTillybrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongThereisnoneofmeinTillybutIwishIwasabitmorelikeher.Idliketobethestrongsilentclevertype.brbrbrstrongQuestionstrongCanyousewbrbrstrongRosalieHamstrongIdidsewingatschoolshyIcansewandusedtosewalotofmyclotheswhenIwasastudent.Theyneverfittedwellandtheseamsalwaysunravelled.brbrbrp


 



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