After 20 years spent mastering the art of dressmaking at couture houses in Paris, Tilly Dunnage returns to the small Australian town she was banished from as a child. She plans only to check on her ailing mother and leave.
But Tilly decides to stay, and though she is still an outcast, her lush, exquisite dresses prove irresistible to the prim women of Dungatar.
Through her fashion business, her friendship with Sergeant Farrat - the town’s only policeman, who harbours an unusual passion for fabrics - and a budding romance with Teddy, the local football star whose family is almost as reviled as hers, she finds a measure of grudging acceptance.
But as her dresses begin to arouse competition and envy in town, causing old resentments to surface, it becomes clear that Tilly’s mind is set on a darker design: exacting revenge on those who wronged her, in the most spectacular fashion.
©2000 Rosalie Ham (P)2015 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I really enjoyed Rachel Griffiths reading of this novel.
The characters are very funny and the story is hilarious but somehow believable.
The ending didn't really lend itself to a sequel for the main character, but I hope to listen to something similar in the future.
Before I downloaded the Dressmaker on Audible, I read many positive reviews of it from fellow Audibles, and as a result, I now have serious trust issues.
Hearing Rachel Griffiths narrate this story was both soul-destroying AND mind-numbing.
It took all the determination I could muster in order to push through this lazy, monotonous drawling, and after four long hours, I gave up and watched the movie (not bad). Still, it serves me right for being too lazy to read the book by myself.
I give this book one star, but only because Kate Winslet looks slammin' on the cover of the book.
I would not purchase another book narrated by Rachel Griffiths
The period and the characters were the most interesting aspect of the story
I struggled with this book, The only thing I could do in the end was to stop reading.
I was really surprised that Rachel Griffith had such an uninspired performance in her reading of the Dressmaker. I was really looking forward to it as I admire her as an on screen actress. May give the Dressmaker another read but on kindle not audible.
I got to chapter 8 and there was still no sign of a storyline. All of the time spent describing multiple characters and almost no time spent on the main character.
Couldn't finish it.
This is a beautifully written novel. It is an excellent example of descriptive writing that places you right in amongst the characters and the surroundings of rural Australia. It is a slow crescendo type of novel with horrible characters receiving a fulfilling come uppence at the end.
"Shame about the pronunciation...."
The book is well-written, but I had trouble figuring out precisely when it was set. The entire story takes place over perhaps a year. The main character receives the new LP of South Pacific, putting it around 1949-1950. They sing God Save the King, which puts it prior to 1953 (When Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne). But then another character requests clothing styled after Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop (1956)....
I'm sure not all listeners are as picky as me, but this kind of thing became a distraction.
Rachel Griffiths does a good job capturing the essence of this story, with its Dickensian names and often hilarious incidents.
Unfortunately, given that the story is about a dressmaker, it would have been good to have a narrator who knew how to pronounce Schiaparelli, Vionnet, and (worst of all) "couture".
"Not a happy read"
It was grim. Not inspiring. No idea why they made this into a movie, I'm guessing they changed the story for the movie.
"Dark and funny"
Small country towns have secrets - some everybody knows (but don't talk about) and some only known to a few.
"Couldn't listen to it!"
I could not listen to it because of the narration. I kept going back to try again with big intervals in between. The voice was very flat indeed and sounded like a very good' text to speech' because it sounded to be all on one level. I could not listen to it all to finish. I am very sorry indeed to Rachel Griffiths. It was a great shame, I really wanted to listen to it I loved the movie and wanted to hear the book. Sorry to Rosalie Ham, but my advice is to get a different narrator.
this was totally off my normal type of listen. but thoroughly enjoyable. you can virtually feel the heat
I loved listening to this entertaining story as I was sewing myself
I really didn't want the story to end...now I shall look forward to watching the film
"Not what I was expecting."
I can't say I didn't enjoy all of it but ... It was strange in parts
I bought on a whim as love sewing and i loved this book.
everything. I am going to let me mum listen to it or buy her the book for christmas. great read, fabulous story and hard to put down whether listening or reading./
hope the film lives up to it.
none, but id be willing to
oh yes and almost did -i had to sleep in between.
I normally listen/read to science fiction, but the characters and story really came to life for me. top book.
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