The Dressmaker – Rosalie Ham

Published March 5, 2016 by Harri

The DressmakerThe Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading the book, I have noticed the differences to the film. Although the film had a happy ending, where the characters you warmed up to had a happy soul-cleansing ending, they don’t in the book.

It’s a book that makes me want hug Tilly and her bravery, although her revenge is so perfectly exacted, it’s not the best way to go about things.

This book made me cry, it made me laugh way too hard and it made me want to scratch the eyes out of the vindictive and evil townsfolk.

I would definitely recommend this book.

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This book, well, there is a beautiful way the story wraps up at the end. As mentioned before the similarities between the book and film are a few, all in all the film was pretty faithful to the book, but as with any adaptation, there have been bits left out.

Set in the Outback of Australia, in the late 30’s, early 40’s, the views are bigoted and the attitudes stink, of those who aren’t at the bottom of the heap.

Watching the film, you don’t realise how much heartbreak Tilly has had to endure, how the “Curse” has become so real in her mind.

In places this book in an uncomfortable read. With marital rape, molestation and domestic violence either mentioned or written in detail. I’d advise caution if you are easily triggered by those things. Thankfully, I am in a better place than I have been for a long time, so reading those things didn’t throw me back to being 9. I did however with that the little shit Stuart Pettyman had fallen down a well instead.

The other characters in this book are all sanctimonious and venomous. When reading how they treated Molly and Tilly (although that was the done thing back then) when they first arrived and continued to do so when Tilly came back made me angry.

The only problem with this book is that I was trying to read all the spoken parts with an Australian accent. Which felt like it was being butchered.


A good read, solid storyline, with characters that develop and grow. Heartbreak, humour and death. All good things in a book, right?


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